A study of the collagen-binding domain of a 116-kDa Clostridium histolyticum collagenase

Osamu Matsushita, Chang Min Jung, Junzaburo Minami, Seiichi Katayama, Nozomu Nishi, Akinobu Okabe

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The Clostridium histolyticum 116-kDa collagenase consists of four segments, S1, S2a, S2b, and S3. A 98-kDa gelatinase, which can degrade denatured but not native collagen, lacks the C-terminal fragment containing a part of S2b and S3. In this paper we have investigated the function of the C- terminal segments using recombinant proteins. Full-length collagenase degraded both native type I collagen and a synthetic substrate, Pz-peptide, while an 88-kDa protein containing only S1 and S2a (S1S2a) degraded only Pz- peptide. Unlike the full-length enzyme, S1S2a did not bind to insoluble type I collagen. To determine the molecular determinant of collagen binding activity, various C-terminal regions were fused to the C terminus of glutathione S-transferase. S3 as well as S2bS3 conferred collagen binding. However, a glutathione S-transferase fusion protein with a region shorter than S3 exhibited reduced collagen binding activity. S3 liberated from the fusion protein also showed collagen binding activity, but not S2aS2b or S2b. S1 had 100% of the Pz-peptidase activity but only 5% of the collagenolytic activity of the full-length collagenase. These results indicate that S1 and S3 are the catalytic and binding domains, respectively, and that S2a and S2b form an interdomain structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3643-3648
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 6 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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