Conformation and domain movement analysis of human matrix metalloproteinase-2: Role of associated Zn2+ and Ca2+ ions

Leah Voit-Ostricki, Sándor Lovas, Charles R. Watts

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Matrix metaloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) is an extracellular Zn2+ protease specific to type I and IV collagens. Its expression is associated with several inflammatory, degenerative, and malignant diseases. Conformational properties, domain movements, and interactions between MMP-2 and its associated metal ions were characterized using a 1.0 µs molecular dynamics simulation. Dihedral principle component analysis revealed ten families of conformations with the greatest degree of variability occurring in the link region connecting the catalytic and hemopexin domains. Dynamic cross-correlation analysis indicated domain movements corresponding to the opening and closing of the hemopexin domain in relation to the fibronectin and catalytic domains facilitated by the link region. Interaction energies were calculated using the molecular mechanics Poisson Boltzman surface area-interaction entropy (MMPBSA-IE) analysis method and revealed strong binding energies for the catalytic Zn2+ ion 1, Ca2+ ion 1, and Ca2+ ion 3 with significant conformational stability at the binding sites of Zn2+ ion 1 and Ca2+ ion 1. Ca2+ ion 2 diffuses freely away from its crystallographically defined binding site. Zn2+ ion 2 plays a minor role in conformational stability of the catalytic domain while Ca2+ ion 3 is strongly attracted to the highly electronegative sidechains of the Asp residues around the central β-sheet core of the hemopexin domain; however, the interacting residue sidechain carboxyl groups are outside of Ca2+ ion 3s coordination sphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4194
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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