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Bioorg Med Chem. 2012 Jan 15;20(2):592-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2011.06.068. Epub 2011 Jun 29.

Labeling and enrichment of Arabidopsis thaliana matrix metalloproteases using an active-site directed, marimastat-based photoreactive probe.

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Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Bielefeld University, Universitätsstr. 25, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany.


Matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) are secreted or membrane-bound zinc-containing proteases that play diverse roles in development and immunity in plants and in tissue remodeling in animals. We developed a photoreactive probe based on the MMP inhibitor marimastat, conjugated to a 4-azidotetrafluorobenzoyl moiety as photoreactive group and biotin as detection or sorting function. The probe labels At2-MMP, At4-MMP, At5-MMP, and likely other plant MMPs in leaf extracts, as shown by transient At-MMP expression in Nicotiana benthamiana, protein blot, and LC-MS/MS analysis. This MMP probe is a valuable tool to study the post-translational status of MMPs during plant immunity and other MMP-regulated processes.

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