Structural and biological characterization of two crotamine isoforms IV-2 and IV-3 isolated from the Crotalus durissus cumanensis venom

Luis Alberto Ponce-Soto, Daniel Martins, José Camillo Novello, Sergio Marangoni

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In this work, we isolated the two new crotamine isoforms from the Crotalus durissus cumanensis rattlesnake venom and its "in vitro" neurotoxic, myotoxic and lethality (DL50) intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) effects were characterized. These proteins were named IV-2 and IV-3 and were purified by combination of two chromatographic steps on molecular exclusion chromatography on Superdex 75 and reverse phase HPLC (μ-Bondapack C18). The molecular mass of the crotamine isoforms was 4905.96 Da for isoform IV-2 and 4956.97 Da for IV-3 and, as determined by mass spectrometry, and both contained six Cys residues. Enzymatic hydrolysis followed by de novo sequencing by tandem mass spectrometry was used to determine the primary structure of both isoforms. The positions of five sequenced tryptic peptides, including the N-terminal of the isoform IV-2 and four from isoform IV-3 were deduced by comparison with a homologous protein from the crotamine family. The isoforms IV-2 and IV-3 had a sequence of amino acids of 42 amino acid residues IV-2: YKRCHIKGGH CFPKEKLICI PPSSDIGKMD CPWKRKCCKK RS and pI value 9.54 and IV-3: YKQCHKKGGH CFPKEVLICI PPSSDFGKMD CRWKRKCCKK RS with a pI value of 9.54. This protein showed high molecular amino acid sequence identity with other crotamine-like proteins from Crotalus durissus terrificus. These new crotamine isoforms induced potent blockade of neuromuscular transmission in young chicken biventer cervicis preparation and potent myotoxic effect. In mice, both isoforms induced myonecrosis, upon intramuscular or subcutaneous injections. These activities were modulated by the presence of positively charged amino acid residues. The LD50 of isoform IV-2 was 0.07 mg/kg and isoform IV-3 was 0.06 mg/kg the animal weight, by i.c.v. route.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)533-540
Número de páginas8
PublicaciónProtein Journal
EstadoPublicada - dic. 2007
Publicado de forma externa


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