The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Requirement of different subdomains of calpastatin for calpain inhibition and for binding to calmodulin-like domains.

Calpain requires Ca2+ for both proteolysis of its substrates and interaction with its endogenous inhibitor, calpastatin. The mechanism of inhibition of calpain by calpastatin has remained unsolved, although Nishimura and Goll [J. Biol. Chem. 266, 11842-11850 (1991)] reported that autolyzed calpain fragments containing calmodulin-like domains (CaMLDs) bound to an immobilized calpastatin column. We investigated the correlation between CaMLD-binding and calpain inhibition using immobilized columns of gene-engineered CaMLDs derived from the human mu-calpain large subunit and various recombinant calpastatin mutants. Among the four internally repetitive inhibitory domains of calpastatin, each having conserved regions A, B, and C, only domains 1 and 4 showed the binding activity. The region B deletion mutant of domain 1, retaining the CaMLD-binding ability, no longer had the calpain inhibition activity, and became susceptible to proteolysis. In contrast, a synthetic oligopeptide of region B with moderate calpain inhibition activity did not bind to the column. Domain 3 acquired the binding ability on substitution of region A with that of domain 1. These results suggest that calpain inhibition and binding to the CaMLDs are not correlated or mediated by different subdomains of calpastatin.[1]


  1. Requirement of different subdomains of calpastatin for calpain inhibition and for binding to calmodulin-like domains. Ma, H., Yang, H.Q., Takano, E., Lee, W.J., Hatanaka, M., Maki, M. J. Biochem. (1993) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities