The vWFA2 domain of type VII collagen is responsible for collagen binding

Henrik Wegener, Sarah Leineweber, Karsten Seeger*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Type VII collagen (Col7) is the major component of anchoring fibrils and very important for skin integrity. This is emphasized by the Col7 related skin blistering diseases dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa and epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. Structural data that provides insights into the interaction network of Col7 and thus providing a basis for a better understanding of the pathogenesis of the diseases is missing.We proved that the von-Willebrand-factor A like domain 2 (vWFA2) of Col7 is responsible for type I collagen binding. The interaction has a KD value of 90μM as determined by SPR and is enthalpy driven as derived from the van't Hoff equation. Furthermore, a hitherto unknown interaction of this domain with type IV collagen was identified. The interaction of vWFA2 with type I collagen is sensitive to the presence of magnesium ions, however, vWFA2 does not contain a magnesium binding site thus magnesium must bind to type I collagen.A lysine residue has been identified to be crucial for type I collagen binding. This allowed localization of the binding site. Mutational analysis suggests different interaction mechanisms in different species and that these interactions might be of covalent nature.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)449-453
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 11.01.2013


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