Crystal Structure of D-Dimer from Human Fibrin Complexed with Gly-His-Arg-Pro-Tyr-amide
[FIBA_HUMAN] Defects in FGA are a cause of congenital afibrinogenemia (CAFBN) [MIM:202400]. This is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by bleeding that varies from mild to severe and by complete absence or extremely low levels of plasma and platelet fibrinogen. Note=The majority of cases of afibrinogenemia are due to truncating mutations. Variations in position Arg-35 (the site of cleavage of fibrinopeptide a by thrombin) leads to alpha-dysfibrinogenemias. Defects in FGA are a cause of amyloidosis type 8 (AMYL8) [MIM:105200]; also known as systemic non-neuropathic amyloidosis or Ostertag-type amyloidosis. AMYL8 is a hereditary generalized amyloidosis due to deposition of apolipoprotein A1, fibrinogen and lysozyme amyloids. Viscera are particularly affected. There is no involvement of the nervous system. Clinical features include renal amyloidosis resulting in nephrotic syndrome, arterial hypertension, hepatosplenomegaly, cholestasis, petechial skin rash. [FIBB_HUMAN] Defects in FGB are a cause of congenital afibrinogenemia (CAFBN) [MIM:202400]. This rare autosomal recessive disorder is characterized by bleeding that varies from mild to severe and by complete absence or extremely low levels of plasma and platelet fibrinogen. Note=Patients with congenital fibrinogen abnormalities can manifest different clinical pictures. Some cases are clinically silent, some show a tendency toward bleeding and some show a predisposition for thrombosis with or without bleeding.
[FIBA_HUMAN] Fibrinogen has a double function: yielding monomers that polymerize into fibrin and acting as a cofactor in platelet aggregation. [FIBB_HUMAN] Fibrinogen has a double function: yielding monomers that polymerize into fibrin and acting as a cofactor in platelet aggregation.
Publication Abstract from PubMed
In a recent report, we showed that alanine can replace glycine at the amino terminus of synthetic B-knobs that bind to human fibrin(ogen). We now report a survey of 13 synthetic peptides with the general sequence XHRPYam, all tested with regard to their ability to delay fibrinolysis in an in vitro system activated by t-PA, the results being used as measures of binding affinity to the betaC hole. Unexpectedly, some large and bulky amino acids, including methionine and arginine, are effective binders. Amino acids that branch at the beta carbon (valine, isoleucine, and threonine) do not bind effectively. Crystal structures were determined for two of the peptides (GHRPYam and MHRPYam) complexed with fibrin fragment D-dimer; the modeling of various other side chains showed clashing in the cases of beta-carbon substituents. The two crystal structures also showed that the enhanced binding observed with pentapeptides with carboxyl-terminal tyrosine, compared with that of their tetrapeptide equivalents, is attributable to an interaction between the tyrosine side chain and a guanidino group of a nearby arginine (beta406). The equivalent position in gamma-chains of human fibrin(ogen) is occupied by a lysine (gamma338), but in chicken and lamprey fibrin(ogen), it is an arginine, just as occurs in beta chains. Accordingly, the peptides GPRPam and GPRPYam, which are surrogate A-knobs, were tested for their influence on fibrin polymerization with fibrinogen from lamprey and humans. In lampreys, GPRPYam is a significantly better inhibitor, but in humans, it is less effective than GPRPam, indicating that in the lamprey system the same tyrosine-arginine interaction can also occur in the gamma-chain setting.
Probing the beta-chain hole of fibrinogen with synthetic peptides that differ at their amino termini.,Doolittle RF, Pandi L Biochemistry. 2007 Sep 4;46(35):10033-8. Epub 2007 Aug 10. PMID:17688324
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