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Kinetic and Structural Studies on the Interactions of Heparin and Proteins of Human Seminal Plasma using Surface Plasmon Resonance

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 8 ]


Vijay Kumar, Vikash Kumar Yadav, Md. Imtaiyaz Hassan, Abhay Kumar Singh, Sharmistha Dey, Sarman Singh, Tej P.Singh and Savita Yadav   Pages 795 - 803 ( 9 )


Heparin is naturally occurring polysaccharides which interacts with seminal plasma proteins and regulate multiple steps in fertilization process. Qualitative and quantitative information regarding the affinity for heparin-seminal plasma proteins interactions is not generally well documented and there are no reports of a comprehensive analysis of these interactions in human seminal plasma. Such information should improve our understanding of how GAGs especially heparin present in the reproductive tract regulate fertilization. In this study, we use SPR to study interactions of heparin with various seminal plasma heparin-binding proteins (HBPs). HBPs like lactoferrin (LF), fibronectin fragment (FNIII), semenogelinI (SGI) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) all bind heparin with different binding kinetics and affinities. Kinetic data suggests that FNIII binds heparin with a high affinity (KD=3.2 nM), while PSA binds heparin with a micromolar affinity (KD=11.1 μM). Preincubation of SGI with heparin inhibits the binding of SGI to immobilized PSA in a dosedependent manner, while FNIII incubated with heparin binds with an increased affinity to PSA. Solution-competition studies show that the minimum size of a heparin oligosaccharide capable of binding with PSA is greater than a tetrasaccharide, with LF and SGI is larger than a hexasaccharide and for FNIII is larger than an octasaccharide.


Binding affinity, heparin, heparin-binding proteins, kinetics, seminal plasma, surface plasmon resonance, spermatozoa, Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), acrosome reaction


Department of Biophysics, All India Institute of Medical sciences, New Delhi 110029, India.

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