In this paper we have studied a PDZ protein domain as a possible tool for cellular targeting of the ribosome inactivating protein Saporin, exploiting the ability of PDZ domains to recognize and bind short peptide sequences located at the C-terminus of a cognate protein. We have focused our attention on the PDZ domain from hCASK (Human calcium/calmodulin-dependent serine protein kinase) that binds extracellular CD98 in epithelial cells, being this antigen recognized as a marker for several human tumors and particularly considered a negative prognostic marker for human glioblastoma. We produced recombinant fusions of one or two hCASK-PDZ domains with the ribosome inactivating protein Saporin and assayed them on two human glioblastoma cell lines (GL15 and U87). These constructs proved to be toxic, with increasing activity as a function of the number of PDZ domains, and induce cell death by apoptotic mechanisms in a dose-dependent and/or time dependent manner.

PDZ Domain in the Engineering and Production of a Saporin Chimeric Toxin as a tool for targeting cancer cells.

GIANSANTI, FRANCESCO;IPPOLITI, RODOLFO;ANGELUCCI, Francesco;CIMINI, Anna Maria
2015

Abstract

In this paper we have studied a PDZ protein domain as a possible tool for cellular targeting of the ribosome inactivating protein Saporin, exploiting the ability of PDZ domains to recognize and bind short peptide sequences located at the C-terminus of a cognate protein. We have focused our attention on the PDZ domain from hCASK (Human calcium/calmodulin-dependent serine protein kinase) that binds extracellular CD98 in epithelial cells, being this antigen recognized as a marker for several human tumors and particularly considered a negative prognostic marker for human glioblastoma. We produced recombinant fusions of one or two hCASK-PDZ domains with the ribosome inactivating protein Saporin and assayed them on two human glioblastoma cell lines (GL15 and U87). These constructs proved to be toxic, with increasing activity as a function of the number of PDZ domains, and induce cell death by apoptotic mechanisms in a dose-dependent and/or time dependent manner.
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