N∆89 and C∆274 Truncated Enzymes of Chondroitinase ABC I Regain More Imperturbable Microenvironments Around Structural Components in Comparison to their Wild Type

  • Hossein Omidi-Ardali
  • Mahdi AminianEmail author
  • Abolfazl GolestaniEmail author
  • Mohammad Esmaeil Shahaboddin
  • Monireh Maleki


Immune response stimulation and inactivation of chondroitinase ABC I in physiological condition have been limited its use in various clinical conditions as a bacterial enzyme drug. In the present study, we have investigated some structural and functional features of N∆89, C∆274 and N∆89C∆274; three designed truncated cABC I, in order to clarify the unclear role of two terminal parts of cABC I i.e., the 1–89 and 747–1021 amino acids sequences of the full length enzyme through truncation. As a result, the numbers of potential epitopes, the susceptibility to trypsin digestion, ANS fluorescence spectra, and fluorescence quenching using KI and acrylamide were diminished for N∆89 and C∆274 in comparison to the wild type. Secondary and tertiary structure investigation for N∆89 and C∆274 revealed that the intrinsic fluorescence was increased and Far-UV CD spectra were changed accordingly. Relative to the wild type enzyme, 0.164, 0.195 remaining activity and lack of activity was shown with the zymographic assay for N∆89, C∆274 and N∆89C∆274 variants, respectively. The diminished enzyme activity and structural changes suggested a reorientation of microenvironments interactions including cation–π interactions around structural elements toward lowering regional mobility. Constructing applicable truncated cABC I with improved features could be regarded as a strategy to regain new possible functional advantages over the full length enzyme.


Truncated cABC I Zymographic assay Fluorescence quenching Protein structural elements 



Chondroitinase ABC I


Chondroitinase AC


Protein interaction calculator






Phenylmethanesulfonyl fluoride




Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis


8-Anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid



Financial support for this work was provided by Research Council of Tehran University of Medical Sciences under Contract Number of 29977.

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Research Involving Human and Animal Participants

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Biochemistry, School of MedicineTehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  2. 2.Research Center for Biochemistry and Nutrition in Metabolic DiseasesKashan University of Medical SciencesKashanIran

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