Design and utility of CCN2 anchor peptide aptamers

Harumi Kawaki, Satoshi Kubota, Eriko Aoyama, Naoya Fujita, Hiroshi Hanagata, Akira Miyauchi, Kenta Nakai, Masaharu Takigawa

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CCN family protein 2/connective tissue growth factor (CCN2/CTGF) consists of 4 conserved modules that are highly interactive with a number of biomolecules. With such interaction, CCN2 exerts multiple functions by forming an extracellular information network. In the present study, we screened for dodecapeptide sequences that bound to each module of human CCN2 by using a bacteriophage display library. Thereafter, consensus amino acid sequences for the binding to individual modules were extracted in silico and utilized to design anchor peptide aptamers that would facilitate the interaction between CCN2 and other molecules. Direct binding of a few peptides to CCN2 was confirmed by surface plasmon resonance analysis. Subsequent biological assay indicated that one such peptide was capable of promoting the proliferation of CCN2-producing chondrocytic cells. This cell biological activity was found to be sequence specific and CCN2 dependent. Since CCN2/CTGF was shown to be effective in articular cartilage/bone regeneration in vivo, utility of such peptide aptamers in CCN2-associated regenerative therapeutics is suggested herein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1010-1015
Number of pages6
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • Aptamer
  • CCN family
  • CTGF
  • Chondrocyte
  • Tissue regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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