• DMT-MM mediated functionalisation of the non-reducing end of glycosaminoglycans

      Gemma, Emiliano; Hulme, Alison N; Jahnke, Astrid; Jin, Lan; Lyon, Malcolm; Müller, Ralf M; Uhrín, Dusan; School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, UK EH9 3JJ. (2007-07-14)
      Efficient functionalisation of the non-reducing end of uronic acid derivatives and glycosaminoglycan-derived disaccharides using peptide coupling has been achieved, mediated by the water-soluble agent DMT-MM.
    • Lysine and arginine side chains in glycosaminoglycan-protein complexes investigated by NMR, cross-linking, and mass spectrometry: a case study of the factor H-heparin interaction.

      Blaum, Bärbel S; Deakin, Jon A; Johansson, Conny M; Herbert, Andrew P; Barlow, Paul N; Lyon, Malcolm; Uhrín, Dusan; Edinburgh Biomolecular NMR Unit, School of Chemistry and School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JJ, Scotland, United Kingdom. (2010-05-12)
      We have used the interaction between module 7 of complement factor H (CFH approximately 7) and a fully sulfated heparin tetrasaccharide to exemplify a new approach for studying contributions of basic side chains to the formation of glycosaminoglycan (GAG)-protein complexes. We first employed HISQC and H(2)CN NMR experiments to monitor the side-chain resonances of lysines and arginines in (15)N, (13)C-labeled protein during titrations with a fully sulfated heparin tetrasaccharide under physiological conditions. Under identical conditions and using (15)N-labeled protein, we then cross-linked tetrasaccharide to CFH approximately 7 and confirmed the 1:1 stoichiometry by FT-ICR-MS. We subsequently characterized this covalent protein-GAG conjugate by NMR and further MS techniques. MALDI-TOF MS identified protein fragments obtained via trypsin digestion or chemical fragmentation, yielding information concerning the site of GAG attachment. Combining MS and NMR data allowed us to identify the side chain of K405 as the point of attachment of the cross-linked heparin oligosaccharide to CFH approximately 7. On the basis of the analysis of NMR and MS data of the noncovalent and cross-linked CFH approximately 7-tetrasaccharide complexes, we conclude that the K446 side chain is not essential for binding the tetrasaccharide, despite the large chemical shift perturbations of its backbone amide (15)N and (1)H resonances during titrations. We show that R444 provides the most important charge-charge interaction within a C-terminal heparin-binding subsite of CFH approximately 7 whereas side chains of R404, K405, and K388 are the predominant contributors to an N-terminal binding subsite located in the immediate vicinity of residue 402, which is implicated in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
    • Structure shows that a glycosaminoglycan and protein recognition site in factor H is perturbed by age-related macular degeneration-linked single nucleotide polymorphism.

      Herbert, Andrew P; Deakin, Jon A; Schmidt, Christoph Q; Blaum, Bärbel S; Egan, Claire; Ferreira, Viviana P; Pangburn, Michael K; Lyon, Malcolm; Uhrín, Dusan; Barlow, Paul N; et al. (2007-06-29)
      A common single nucleotide polymorphism in the factor H gene predisposes to age-related macular degeneration. Factor H blocks the alternative pathway of complement on self-surfaces bearing specific polyanions, including the glycosaminoglycan chains of proteoglycans. Factor H also binds C-reactive protein, potentially contributing to noninflammatory apoptotic processes. The at risk sequence contains His (rather than Tyr) at position 402 (384 in the mature protein), in the seventh of the 20 complement control protein (CCP) modules (CCP7) of factor H. We expressed both His(402) and Tyr(402) variants of CCP7, CCP7,8, and CCP6-8. We determined structures of His(402) and Tyr(402) CCP7 and showed them to be nearly identical. The side chains of His/Tyr(402) have similar, solvent-exposed orientations far from interfaces with CCP6 and -8. Tyr(402) CCP7 bound significantly more tightly than His(402) CCP7 to a heparin affinity column as well as to defined-length sulfated heparin oligosaccharides employed in gel mobility shift assays. This observation is consistent with the position of the 402 side chain on the edge of one of two glycosaminoglycan-binding surface patches on CCP7 that we inferred on the basis of chemical shift perturbation studies with a sulfated heparin tetrasaccharide. According to surface plasmon resonance measurements, Tyr(402) CCP6-8 binds significantly more tightly than His(402) CCP6-8 to immobilized C-reactive protein. The data support a causal link between H402Y and age-related macular degeneration in which variation at position 402 modulates the response of factor H to age-related changes in the glycosaminoglycan composition and apoptotic activity of the macula.