Eva E. Sitarz

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Lamprin, an insoluble non-collagen, non-elastin protein, is the major connective tissue component of the fibrillar extracellular matrix of lamprey annular cartilage. Here we demonstrate that the soluble monomer of lamprin is a family of highly hydrophobic, self-aggregating proteins with molecular masses of 12 and 10 kDa. Two mRNAs for soluble lamprin were(More)
Elastin is a polymeric structural protein that imparts the physical properties of extensibility and elastic recoil to tissues. The mechanism of assembly of the tropoelastin monomer into the elastin polymer probably involves extrinsic protein factors but is also related to an intrinsic capacity of elastin for ordered assembly through a process of hydrophobic(More)
alpha 2-HS-glycoprotein (HSGP) is a minor constituent of plasma with negative acute-phase reactant properties. HSGP has been shown previously to accumulate in the mineralized matrix of bone and dentin to concentrations substantially higher than those present in plasma. In addition, HSGP has also been found in experimentally induced dermal calcifications in(More)
Elastin is the polymeric, extracellular matrix protein that provides properties of extensibility and elastic recoil to large arteries, lung parenchyma, and other tissues. Elastin assembles by crosslinking through lysine residues of its monomeric precursor, tropoelastin. Tropoelastin, as well as polypeptides based on tropoelastin sequences, undergo a process(More)
Elastin is a major structural component of elastic fibres that provide properties of stretch and recoil to tissues such as arteries, lung and skin. Remarkably, after initial deposition of elastin there is normally no subsequent turnover of this protein over the course of a lifetime. Consequently, elastic fibres must be extremely durable, able to withstand,(More)
Elastin is a fibrous structural protein of the extracellular matrix that provides reversible elastic recoil to vertebrate tissues such as arterial vessels, lung, and skin. The elastin monomer, tropoelastin, contains a large proportion of intrinsically disordered and flexible hydrophobic sequences that collectively are responsible for the initial phase(More)
The nature of proteins occluded in the mineralized matrix of calcified areas of atherosclerotic human aortic tissue has been investigated. In spite of their reported presence in atherosclerotic lesions, neither plasma lipoproteins, immunoglobulin G or fibrinogen could be detected among the proteins specifically trapped in the mineralized matrix and released(More)
Elastin is a self-assembling extracellular matrix protein that provides elasticity to tissues. For entropic elastomers such as elastin, conformational disorder of the monomer building block, even in the polymeric form, is essential for elastomeric recoil. The highly hydrophobic monomer employs a range of strategies for maintaining disorder and flexibility(More)
Polymeric elastin provides the physiologically essential properties of extensibility and elastic recoil to large arteries, heart valves, lungs, skin and other tissues. Although the detailed relationship between sequence, structure and mechanical properties of elastin remains a matter of investigation, data from both the full-length monomer, tropoelastin,(More)
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