Preparation and Application of a Decellularized Extracellular Matrix for Identification of ADAMTS Substrates

  • Rahel SchnellmannEmail author
  • Ruth Chiquet-Ehrismann
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2043)


Here we describe the use of a decellularized ECM produced in vitro by BALB/c 3T3 fibroblasts for the identification of ADAMTS substrates. Seeding of ADAMTS protease-producing HEK cells on top of the cell-free ECM followed by analysis of the conditioned medium by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), allows for screening of ADAMTS substrates without prior purification of full-length protease.

Key words

Decellularized extracellular matrix Substrate identification ADAMTS protease Mass spectrometry 



This work was supported by a grant from The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF, Project funding in biology and medicine (division III)) grant no. 31003A_156740.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical ResearchBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Institute for NanoBioTechnologyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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