Association of chondroadherin with collagen type II

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Chondroadherin is a cell binding, leucine-rich repeat protein found in the territorial matrix of articular cartilage. Several members of the leucine-rich repeat protein family present in the extracellular matrix of e.g. cartilage have been shown to interact with collagen and influence collagen fibrillogenesis. We show that complexes of monomeric collagen type II and chondroadherin can be released under non-denaturing conditions from articular cartilage treated with p-aminophenylmercuric acetate to activate resident matrix metalloproteinases. Purified complexes as well as complexes formed in vitro between recombinant chondroadherin and collagen type II were studied by electron microscopy. Chondroadherin was shown to bind to two sites on collagen type II. The interaction was characterized by surface plasmon resonance analysis showing K(D) values in the nanomolar range. Both chondroadherin and collagen interact with chondrocytes, partly via the same receptor, but give rise to different cellular responses. By also interacting with each other, a complex system is created which may be of functional importance for the communication between the cells and its surrounding matrix and/or in the regulation of collagen fibril assembly.


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  • Infectious Medicine
  • Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32883-32888
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Connective Tissue Biology (013230151), Division of Infection Medicine (BMC) (013024020)