Modular autonomy, ligand specificity, and functional cooperativity of the three in-tandem fibronectin type II repeats from human matrix metalloproteinase

Marion L. Gehrmann, Justin T. Douglas, László Bányai, Hedvig Tordai, László Patthy, Miguel Llinás

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Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) contains three fibronectin type II (col) modules that contribute to its collagen specificity. We observed that the CD spectra of the separate col modules account for the CD and temperature profiles of the in-tandem col-123 construct. Thus, to the extent of not significantly perturbing the secondary structure and thermal stability characteristics of the neighboring units, the domains within col-123 do not interact. Via NMR, we investigated ligand binding properties of the three repeats within col-123: col-123/1 (the col-1 domain within col-123), col-123/2, and col-123/3. Interactions of col-123 with the collagen mimic peptide (Pro-Pro-Gly) 6 (PPG6) and propeptide segment PIIKFPGDVA (p33-42) were studied. While col-123/1 and col-123/2 bound PPG6, they interacted more weakly with p33-42. In contrast, col-123/3 exhibited a higher affinity for p33-42 than for PPG6. Thus, despite their structural homology, the col repeats of MMP-2 differ in substrate specificity. Furthermore the binding affinities toward the three in-tandem col repeats were close to those determined for the individual isolated domains or for col12/1, indicating that vis-à-vis these ligands each module interacts essentially as an autonomous unit. Interestingly the domains within col-123 exhibited enhanced affinities for Hel3, a construct that contains ((Gly-Pro-Pro)12)3 in triple helical configuration. Nevertheless the affinities were significantly higher for col-123/1 and col-123/2 relative to col-123/3 in line with their behaviors toward PPG6. This hints at a cooperative participation toward Hel3, which is a closer mimic of collagen, a hypothesis that is supported by the detected lower affinities of col-12/1, col-12/2, col-2, col-23/2, col-3, and col-23/3 for Hel3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46921-46929
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - nov. 5 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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