Isolation and characterization of a Streptococcus pyogenes protein that binds to basal laminae of human cardiac muscle

Bradford D Winters, N. Ramasubbu, M. W. Stinson

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A 9-kDa glycosaminoglycan-binding protein (GAG-BP) was isolated from Streptococcus pyogenes and purified to homogeneity by affinity chromatography on heparin-agarose. The protein selectively bound to the basal laminae of human cardiac muscle and had an apparent dissociation constant of 2.5 x 10- 7 M. Chemical analyses indicated that the GAG-BP was rich in alanine, lysine, and arginine (pI 9.5) and devoid of tyrosine, methionine, histidine, and half-cystine. There were no detectable carbohydrate or phosphate substituents. The amino acid sequence of the N terminus of GAG-BP showed homology with those of histone-like DNA-binding proteins of several other bacteria. Circular dichroism spectroscopy indicated that the protein was made up of 50% β-sheet and 50% β-turn and random coil in aqueous solution; however, when the protein complexed with heparin, it adopted a more ordered structure containing 25% α-helix, 50% β-sheet, and 25% β-turn and random coil. The GAG-BP cross-reacted serologically with a component of similar size in extracts of other group A streptococci and was present in the culture medium during late logarithmic growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3259-3264
Number of pages6
JournalInfection and Immunity
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


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  • Immunology

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