Binding of the proteoglycan decorin to collagen type VI

D. J. Bidanset, C. Guidry, L. C. Rosenberg, H. U. Choi, R. Timpl, M. Hook

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We have examined the interactions between the small dermatan sulfate proteoglycan decorin and collagen types I-VI using solid phase binding assays. The results of these studies showed that 125I-decorin bound most efficiently to collagen type VI in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. Furthermore, this interaction was specific and of moderately high affinity (Kd ∼3 × 10-7 M). Binding of decorin to collagen type VI appears to involve the decorin core protein rather than the glycosaminoglycan side chains, since the isolated core protein as well as a recombinant fusion protein containing a major segment (65%) of the human decorin core protein inhibited binding of 125I-decorin to collagen type VI. Other related proteoglycans and their respective core proteins also inhibited the binding of 125I-decorin to collagen type VI, whereas unrelated proteins and isolated glycosaminoglycan chains were without effect. In addition to decorin, collagen type II was also shown to bind to immobilized collagen type VI. Both interactions were effectively inhibited by preincubation of the immobilized collagen VI with decorin or collagen type II. These results suggested that the collagen type VI molecule has binding sites for collagen type II and decorin which are located in close proximity on the collagen type VI molecule. Possible functional roles of these interactions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5250-5256
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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