The C19S Substitution Enhances the Stability of Hepcidin While Conserving Its Biological Activity

Edina Pandur, Zsuzsanna Fekete, Kitti Tamási, László Grama, Edit Varga, Katalin Sipos

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Hepcidin, the key hormone of iron homeostasis is responsible for lowering the serum iron level through its interaction with iron exporter ferroportin. Thus, hepcidin agonists provide a promising opportunity in the treatment of iron disorders caused by lacking or decreased hepcidin expression. We investigated the importance of each of the eight highly conserved cysteines for the biological activity of hepcidin. Eight cysteine mutants were created with site directed mutagenesis. The binding ability of these hepcidin mutants to the hepcidin receptor ferroportin was determined using bacterial two-hybrid system and WRL68 human hepatic cells. The biological activity of hepcidin mutants was determined by western blot analysis of ferroportin internalization and ferroportin ubiquitination. To investigate the effect of mutant hepcidins on the iron metabolism of the WRL68 cells, total intracellular iron content was measured with a colorimetric assay. The stability of M6 hepcidin mutant was determined using ELISA technique. Our data revealed that serine substitution of the sixth cysteine (M6) yielded a biologically active but significantly more stable peptide than the original hormone. This result may provide a promising hepcidin agonist worth testing in animal models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-121
Number of pages9
JournalProtein Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - ápr. 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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