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Stuart Chalk, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
University of North Florida
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Spider Venom

Classification: Biological fluid -> venom -> spider

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"Flow Injection Analysis For Measurement Of Activity Of Matrix Metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7)"
J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal. 1997 Volume 15, Issue 9-10 Pages 1417-1426
Michiyasu Itoh, Mamoru Osaki, Tadashige Chiba, Kazuto Masuda, Toshifumi Akizawa*, Masanori Yoshioka and Motoharu Seiki

Abstract: A simple and convenient method for measuring the activity of a recombinant human matrix metalloproteinase 7 (MMP-7, matrilysin) was developed by flow injection analysis (FIA). For this method, purified recombinant MMP-7 zymogen expressed in E. coli and the substrate peptide (MOCAc-Pro-Leu-Gly-Leu-A2pr(DNP)-Ala-Arg-NH2) were used. Following the incubation of substrate peptide with activated r-proMMP- 7, the resulting fluorescent product peptide (MOCAc-Pro-Leu-GLY) was monitored with a fluorescence detector (lambda ex 328 mm, lambda em 393 mm) without chromatographic separation. In this FIA system, the analysis time is 2 min and the standard curve is linear from 5 to 100 pmol of the product peptide injected. In order to use this FIA system as a method for screening inhibitors against MMP-7, the effects of CaCl2, EDTA and of the tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1, and -2, were tested. A synthetic PRCGXPD-containing peptide (BS-10) was also observed to inhibit MMP-7 activity, with an IC50 value of 104 µM. Thus, it was concluded that the activity of r-MMP-7 can be reliably measured by the proposed system. Furthermore, to confirm the utility of this FIA system as a screening method, the inhibitory activity of the MMP-related substance in Joro spider (Nephilia clavata) venom was measured by this method. This inhibitory activity was observed in an extract of a venom diluted 1000-fold. Thus, the FIA method is not only simple and quick, but also sensitive enough to screen and analyze the inhibitory properties of a large number of test compounds.
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