Preference of calcium-dependent interactions between calmodulin-like domains of calpain and calpastatin subdomains

Emiko Takano, Hong Ma, Hong Qiong Yang, Masatoshi Maki, Masakazu Hatanaka

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Calpastatin molecule contains four repeated inhibition domains, each having highly conserved internal regions A, B and C. The synthetic oligopeptides of regions A and C had no calpain inhibition activity while region B oligopeptide showed weak inhibition activity. Real-time biomolecular interaction analysis using a BIAcore instrument revealed that the bacterially expressed calmodulin-like domain of the calpain large subunit (L-CaMLD) and that of the small subunit (S-CaMLD) interacted, in a Ca2+-dependent fashion, preferentially with the immobilized synthetic oligopeptide of region A and that of region C, respectively. Calmodulin showed no specific binding to these oligopeptides. The tripartite structure of the calpastatin functional domain may confer the specific interactions with the protease domain and the two CaMLDs of calpain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 27 1995
Externally publishedYes



  • Biosensor
  • Calcium-dependent
  • Calmodulin-like
  • Calpain
  • Calpastatin
  • Protease inhibitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology

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