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Eur J Biochem. 1993 Dec 1;218(2):321-5.

Localization of the cross-linking site of GPRVVERHK in the gamma-chain of human fibrinogen.

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Department of Biophysics, Medical School of Lodz, Poland.


The peptide alpha 17-24-Lys (GPRVVERHK) corresponding to the N-terminus of the alpha chain of fibrin was synthesized and used to localize its binding site in the fibrinogen molecule. The peptide was radioiodinated, incubated with fibrinogen, cross-linked with a bifunctional reagent disuccinimidyl suberate and the resulting product was analyzed in several ways, including plasmin digestion. The binding of the radioactive peptide was mainly to the gamma-chain and was inhibited by unlabelled GPRVVERHK and GPRP. After plasmin digestion, the radioactivity was present in fragment D1 and also in its gamma-chain remnant, but not in fragments D2, D3 or E3. Fragment D1 cross-linked with iodinated GPRVVERHK was purified by affinity chromatography on immobilized anti-fragment D IgG, further digested with plasmin in the presence of EGTA and the peptides were fractionated by reverse-phase HPLC. The amino acid sequence analysis of the radioactive peak revealed the presence of two peptides, gamma 357-373 and GPRVVERHK. It was concluded that the binding site for GPRVVERHK is in the sequence gamma 357-373 which is present in fragment D1 but absent in fragments D2 and D3.

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