Leukocyte recruitment induced by snake venom metalloproteinases: role of the catalytic domain

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Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) are key toxins involved in local inflammatory reactions after snakebites. This study aimed to investigate the effect of SVMP domains on the alterations in leukocyte-endothelium interactions in the microcirculation of mouse cremaster muscle. We studied three toxins: BnP1, a PI-toxin isolated from Bothrops neuwiedi venom, which only bears a catalytic domain; Jararhagin (Jar), a PIII-toxin isolated from Bothrops jararaca venom with a catalytic domain, as well as ECD-disintegrin and cysteine-rich domains; and Jar-C, which is produced from the autolysis of Jar and devoid of a catalytic domain. All these toxins induced an increase in the adhesion and migration of leukocytes. By inhibiting the catalytic activity of Jar and BnP1 with 1.10-phenanthroline (oPhe), leukocytes were no longer recruited. Circular dichroism analysis showed structural changes in oPhe-treated Jar, but these changes were not enough to prevent the binding of Jar to collagen, which occurred through the ECD-disintegrin domain. The results showed that the catalytic domain of SVMPs is the principal domain responsible for the induction of leukocyte recruitment and suggest that the other domains could also present inflammatory potential only when devoid of the catalytic domain, as with Jar-C.
Zychar BC, Clissa PB, Carvalho E, Baldo C, Gonçalves LRDC. Leukocyte recruitment induced by snake venom metalloproteinases: role of the catalytic domain. Mol. Cell. Biol. Res. Commun.. 2020 Jan;521(2):402-407. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2019.10.144.
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