Adhesion energy of receptor-mediated interaction measured by elastic deformation.
We investigated the role of receptor binding affinity in surface adhesion. A sensitive technique was developed to measure the surface energy of receptor-mediated adhesion. The experimental system involved a functionalized elastic agarose bead resting on a functionalized glass coverslip. Attractive intersurface forces pulled the two surfaces together, deforming the bead to produce an enlarged contact area. The Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR) model was used to relate the surface energy of the interaction to the elasticity of the bead and the area of contact. The surface energies for different combinations of modified surfaces in solution were obtained from reflection interference contrast microscopy (RICM) measurements of the contact area formed by the bead and the coverslip. Studies with surfaces functionalized with ligand-receptor pairs showed that the relationship between surface energy and the association constant of the ligand binding has two regimes. At low binding affinity, surface energy increased linearly with the association constant, while surface energy increased logarithmically with the association constant in the high affinity regime. (+info
Advanced analysis of biotin metabolites in body fluids allows a more accurate measurement of biotin bioavailability and metabolism in humans.
In previous studies, the bioavailability of biotin in humans was estimated from the recovery of biotin in urine; urinary biotin was measured by microbial growth assays or assays of avidin-binding activity. These assays underestimate concentrations of biotin metabolites, which originate from beta-oxidation, sulfur oxidation or a combination. We have developed an HPLC/avidin-binding assay that is specific for biotin and its metabolites. With the use of the HPLC/avidin-binding assay, TLC and derivatization with p-dimethylaminocinnamaldehyde, we have identified and quantitated biotin and metabolites in urine from six healthy adults. Of that total, biotin accounted for 32+/-12%, bisnorbiotin for 52+/-15%, bisnorbiotin methyl ketone for 7.9+/-5.8%, biotin-d,l-sulfoxide for 4.0+/-3.2% and biotin sulfone for 3.6+/-1.9%. After intravenous administration of 18.4 micromol of biotin, the urinary excretion of biotin metabolites increased 21-130 times above baseline values. Because the biliary excretion of biotin is quantitatively minor (1.9+/-0.2% of an intravenous [14C]biotin dose in rats), intravenously administered biotin is not exposed to intestinal microorganisms. Thus we conclude that biotin metabolites in human urine originate from biotin catabolism in human tissues rather than biotin catabolism by intestinal microorganisms. With the use of the HPLC/avidin-binding assay, we estimated the bioavailability of biotin in adults from the urinary excretion of biotin and metabolites after ingestion of 2.1, 8.2 and 81.9 micromol of biotin. These data provide evidence that biotin is nearly completely absorbed. (+info
Accurate measurement of avidin and streptavidin in crude biofluids with a new, optimized biotin-fluorescein conjugate.
A new biotin-fluorescein conjugate with an ethylene diamine spacer was found to be the first fluorescent biotin derivative which truly mimicked d-biotin in terms of high affinity, fast association, and non-cooperative binding to avidin and streptavidin tetramers. These exceptional properties were attributed to the small size/length of the new ligand since all larger/longer biotin derivatives are known for their mutual steric hindrance and anti-cooperative binding in 4:1 complexes with avidin and streptavidin tetramers. Specific binding of the new biotin-fluorescein conjugate towards avidin and streptavidin was accompanied by 84-88% quenching of ligand fluorescence. In the accompanying study this effect was used for rapid estimation of avidin and streptavidin in a new 'single tube assay'. In the present study the strong quenching effect was utilized to accurately monitor stoichiometric titration of biotin-binding sites in samples with >/=200 pM avidin or streptavidin. The concentration was calculated from the consumption of fluorescent ligand up to the distinct breakpoint in the fluorescence titration profile which was marked by the abrupt appearance of strongly fluorescent ligands which were in excess. Due to this protocol the assay was not perturbed by background fluorescence or coloration in the unknown samples. The new fluorescence titration assay is particularly suited for quick checks on short notice because getting started only means to thaw an aliquot of a standardized stock solution of fluorescent ligand. No calibration is required for the individual assay and the ligand stock solution needs to be restandardized once per week (or once per year) when stored at -25 degrees C (or at -70 degrees C, respectively). (+info
Rapid estimation of avidin and streptavidin by fluorescence quenching or fluorescence polarization.
A new biotin-carboxyfluorescein conjugate has been presented in the accompanying study (G. Kada et al., Biochim. Biophys. Acta 000 (1999) 000-000) which contains ethylene diamine as a 4-atom spacer. This so-called biotin-4-fluorescein showed exceptionally fast and tight binding to avidin and streptavidin, and binding was accompanied by strong quenching. In the present study the specific quenching of 'biotin-4-fluorescein' was utilized to measure (strept)avidin concentrations (0.2-2 nM) by the extent of fluorescence quenching at 8 nM ligand concentration. Adsorption of (strept)avidin to the assay tubes was suppressed by inclusion of bovine serum albumin (0.1 mg/ml). Virtually the same specific response to avidin and streptavidin was also observed with commercial 'fluorescein-biotin', except that >10 h incubation times were required. The slow association of 'fluorescein-biotin' was attributed to the anti-cooperative binding which is due to the much longer spacer as compared to 'biotin-4-fluorescein'. The third ligand tested in this study was 'biotin-4-FITC' which was analogous to 'biotin-4-fluorescein' except that carboxyfluorescein was replaced by the fluorescein isothiocyanate residue. Surprisingly, this probe was much less quenched by avidin but this was compensated by an exceptionally high fluorescence polarization in the avidin-bound state. In conclusion, the new ligand 'biotin-4-fluorescein' appeared to be the most general and convenient probe: quenching was most pronounced and linearly dependent on (strept)avidin concentrations, the dose response for streptavidin was almost the same as for avidin, and the association kinetics were fast enough to reach equilibrium within 30 min incubation time. (+info
The relationship of glycosylation and isoelectric point with tumor accumulation of avidin.
Radiolabeled avidin markedly accumulated in intraperitoneal tumors and was cleared rapidly from circulation when given intraperitoneally. This study investigated the mechanisms of the tumor localization of avidin. METHODS: Avidin was deglycosylated through endoglycosydase-H digestion and/or neutralized by acetylation of its lysine amino acids with acetic acid N-hydroxysuccinimide ester. Avidin and modified avidins were analyzed using sodium dodecylsulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS/PAGE) and isoelectric focusing. A tumor model was established by intraperitoneal injection of human colon cancer cells, LS180, in nude mice. Avidin and modified avidins were labeled with 111In using diethyleneamine pentaacetic acid-biotin and were administered intraperitoneally into the tumor-bearing mice. The biodistribution of radioactivity was examined 2 and 24 h postinjection. RESULTS: Deglycosylated avidins revealed a major band of smaller molecules on SDS/PAGE. The isoelectric point of neutralized avidins was reduced to less than 5, whereas that of unneutralized avidins was more than 9.5. Biodistribution study demonstrated that liver uptake was decreased by deglycosylation and kidney accumulation was decreased by neutralization, respectively. The blood clearance was remarkably slowed by combined modification of deglycosylation and neutralization. The tumor uptake of radioactivity was reduced by either deglycosylation or neutralization and was further decreased with combined modification. CONCLUSION: Both high glycosylation and positive charge of avidin contributed to its accumulation in tumor. This study may facilitate development of a new vehicle for the delivery of therapeutic agents to intraperitoneal tumors. (+info
Orientation of the pore-forming peptide GALA in POPC vesicles determined by a BODIPY-avidin/biotin binding assay.
We determined the orientation of a biotinylated version of the pore-forming peptide GALA (WEAALAEALAEALAEHLAEALAEALEALAA) at pH 5.0 in large unilamellar phosphatidylcholine vesicles, using the enhancement of BODIPY-avidin fluorescence subsequent to its irreversible binding to a biotin moiety. GALA and its variants were biotinylated at the N- or C-terminus. BODIPY-avidin was either added externally or was pre-encapsulated in vesicles to assess the fraction of liposome-bound biotinylated GALA that exposed its labeled terminus to the external or internal side of the bilayer, respectively. Under conditions where most of the membrane-bound peptides were involved in transmembrane aggregates and formed aqueous pores (at a lipid/bound peptide molar ratio of 2500/1), the head-to-tail (N- to C-terminus) orientation of the membrane-inserted peptides was such that 3/4 of the peptides exposed their N-terminus on the inside of the vesicle and their C-terminus on the outside. Under conditions resulting in reduced pore formation (at higher lipid/peptide molar ratios), we observed an increase in the fraction of GALA termini exposed to the outside of the vesicle. These results are consistent with a model (Parente et al., Biochemistry, 29:8720, 1990) that requires a critical number of peptides (M) in an aggregate to form a transbilayer structure. When the peptides form an aggregate of size i, with i < M = 4 to 6, the orientation of the peptides is mostly parallel to the membrane surface, such that both termini of the biotinylated peptide are exposed to external BODIPY-avidin. This BODIPY-avidin/biotin binding assay should be useful to determine the orientation of other membrane-interacting molecules. (+info
Chemical cleavage of the overexpressed mitochondrial F1beta precursor with CNBr: a new strategy to construct an import-competent preprotein.
We have isolated a soluble import-competent 15 kDa N-terminal fragment of the overexpressed Nicotiana plumbaginifolia F1beta precursor of the ATP synthase (N15pF1beta). The isolation was achieved after chemical cleavage, with CNBr, of the insoluble precursor collected in inclusion bodies, followed by purification of the fragment using ion-exchange chromatography. The purity of the final product was estimated to be more than 99%. N15pF1beta contained a presequence of 54 amino acid residues (except for the N-terminal methionine residue) and 82 N-terminal residues of the mature protein. N15pF1beta was shown to be imported into isolated potato tuber mitochondria and to be processed by the isolated mitochondrial processing peptidase (MPP) integrated into the cytochrome bc1 complex of the respiratory chain. Addition of N15pF1beta at micromolar concentrations resulted in the inhibition of import of F1beta precursor and alternative oxidase precursor, synthesized in vitro, into isolated mitochondria as well as the processing of these precursors catalysed by the isolated MPP-bc1 complex. N15pF1beta conjugated via a biotin link to avidin blocked import sites even after the reisolation of mitochondria and inhibited the import of the mitochondrial precursors, indicating that it can be used as a substrate for the generation of a stable translocation intermediate. Our results present a novel procedure for the production of an N-terminal fragment of the F1beta precursor that contains all information necessary for mitochondrial targeting and processing and that can be used for structural and functional studies of the mitochondrial protein import system. This procedure has a general value because it can be used for the production of chemical quantities of any mitochondrial import substrate and presequence peptide. (+info
Tumor pretargeting with avidin improves the therapeutic index of biotinylated tumor necrosis factor alpha in mouse models.
The clinical use of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF) as an anticancer drug is limited to local or locoregional administration because of dose-limiting systemic toxicity. We investigated in animal models whether the therapeutic index of systemically administered human or murine TNF can be increased by tumor pretargeting strategies based on the biotin-avidin system. Pretargeting of s.c. mouse WEHI-164 fibrosarcoma and RMA lymphoma genetically engineered to express the Thy 1.1 antigen on the cell membrane was achieved by i.p. injection of a biotinylated anti-Thy 1.1 antibody and avidin. This pretreatment increased the antitumor activity of systemically administered biotin-TNF conjugates by at least 5-fold. In contrast, pretargeting did not increase the toxicity of biotin-TNF, as judged by animal survival and weight loss after treatment. Ex vivo analysis of tumor cells 24 h after treatment showed that biotin-TNF persisted for several hours on the surface of pretargeted tumors, but not when avidin was omitted. The potentiation of the antitumor effects was related primarily to indirect mechanisms, involving a host-mediated response. The results indicate that tumor pretargeting improves the antitumor activity of TNF. Tumor pretargeting with avidin, which is currently used to increase the uptake of radioactive-labeled biotin in patients, could represent a new strategy for improving the therapeutic index of TNF. (+info