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Proteomic Characterization of the Hyaluronidase (E.C. 3.2.1.35) from the Venom of the Social Wasp Polybia paulista

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Abstract:

Polybia paulista wasp venom possesses three major allergens: phospholipase A1, hyaluronidase and antigen-5. To the best of our knowledge, no hyaluronidase from the venom of Neotropical social wasps was structurally characterized up to this moment, mainly due to its reduced amount in the venom of the tropical wasp species (about 0.5% of crude venom). Four different glycoproteic forms of this enzyme were detected in the venom of the wasp Polybia paulista. In the present investigation, an innovative experimental approach was developed combining 2-D SDS-PAGE with in-gel protein digestion by different proteolytic enzymes, followed by mass spectrometry analysis under collision-induced dissociation CID) conditions for the complete assignment of the protein sequencing. Thus, the most abundant form of this enzyme in P. paulista venom, the hyaluronidase-III, was sequenced, revealing that the first 47 amino acid residues from the N-terminal region, common to other Hymenoptera venom hyaluronidases, are missing. The molecular modeling revealed that hyaluronidase-III has a single polypeptide chain, folded into a tertiary structure, presenting a central (β/α)5 core with alternation of β-strands and α-helices; the tertiary structure stabilized by a single disulfide bridge between the residues Cys189 and Cys201. The structural pattern reported for P. paulista venom hyaluronidase-III is compatible with the classification of the enzyme as member of the family 56 of glycosidase hydrolases. Moreover, its structural characterization will encourage the use of this protein as a model for future development of “component-resolved diagnosis”.

Keywords: Allergen; Hymenoptera insects; extracellular matrix; hyaluronidase; mass spectrometry; molecular modeling; peptide sequencing; phospholipases; post-translational modifications; wasp venom

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/092986612800494039

Affiliations: CEIS-IBRC- UNESP, Av. 24A nÂș 1515, Bela Vista - Rio Claro, SP, Brazil, CEP 13506-900.

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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