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Link protein has greater affinity for versican than aggrecan.

Authors
  • Shi, Shuiliang
  • Grothe, Suzanne
  • Zhang, Yiping
  • O'Connor-McCourt, Maureen D
  • Poole, A Robin
  • Roughley, Peter J
  • Mort, John S
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of biological chemistry
Publication Date
Mar 26, 2004
Volume
279
Issue
13
Pages
12060–12066
Identifiers
PMID: 14724283
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The function of link protein in stabilizing the interaction between aggrecan and hyaluronan to form aggrecan aggregates, via the binding of link protein to the aggrecan G1 domain and hyaluronan, is well established. However, it is not known whether link protein can function with similar avidity with versican, another member of the large hyaluronan-binding proteoglycan family that also binds to hyaluronan via its G1 domain. To address this issue, we have compared the interaction of the versican and aggrecan G1 domains with link protein and hyaluronan using recombinant proteins expressed in insect cells and BIAcore analysis. The results showed that link protein could significantly improve the binding of both G1 domains to hyaluronan and that its interaction with VG1 is of a higher affinity than that with AG1. These observations suggest that link protein may function as a stabilizer of the interaction, not only between aggrecan and hyaluronan in cartilage, but also between versican and hyaluronan in many tissues.

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