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Identification and structural analysis of type I collagen sites in complex with fibronectin fragments.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0812516106 DOI Help
PMID: 19251642 PMID Help

Authors: Michele Christine Erat (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford) , D. A. Slatter (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford) , C. J. Millard (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford) , R. W. Farndale (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford) , I. D. Campbell (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford) , Ed Lowe (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford) , John Vakonakis (Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences , VOL 106 (11)

State: Published (Approved)
Published: March 2009

Abstract: Collagen and fibronectin are major components of vertebrate extracellular matrices. Their association and distribution control the development and properties of diverse tissues, but thus far no structural information has been available for the complex formed. Here, we report binding of a peptide, derived from the ?1 chain of type I collagen, to the gelatin-binding domain of human fibronectin and present the crystal structure of this peptide in complex with the 8–9FnI domain pair. Both gelatin-binding domain subfragments, 6FnI1–2FnII7FnI and 8–9FnI, bind the same specific sequence on D-period 4 of collagen I ?1, adjacent to the MMP-1 cleavage site. 8–9FnI also binds the equivalent sequence of the ?2 chain. The collagen peptide adopts an antiparallel ?-strand conformation, similar to structures of proteins from pathogenic bacteria bound to FnI domains. Analysis of the type I collagen sequence suggests multiple putative fibronectin-binding sites compatible with our structural model. We demonstrate, by kinetic unfolding experiments, that the triple-helical collagen state is destabilized by 8–9FnI. This finding suggests a role for fibronectin in collagen proteolysis and tissue remodeling.

Journal Keywords: Collagen; Crystallography; X-Ray; Fibronectins; Humans; Peptide; Protein; Protein Denaturation

Subject Areas: Biology and Bio-materials


Instruments: I02-Macromolecular Crystallography

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