Author(s): Fu YJ, An N, Chan KG, Wu YB, Zheng SH,
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Abstract The significance of BmK CT, a key chlorotoxin-like peptide isolated from the scorpion venom of Buthus martensii Karsch, is a novel blocker of the chloride ion channel and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2). Site-directed mutagenesis of BmK CT, wound healing assay, gelatin zymography assay and computational simulation highlight the importance of electrostatic contribution to BmK CT-MMP-2 catalytic domain complex and a model of BmK CT-MMP-2 catalytic domain complex is therefore proposed. This is the first documentation of the structural mechanism of in the inhibition of glioma cell migration by BmK CT and may lead to the molecular design of specific inhibitors of MMP-2.
This article was published in Biotechnol Lett
and referenced in Biochemistry & Pharmacology: Open Access