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A quantitative collagenase assay detecting soluble collagen fragments is described in this paper. Using the reagent N-succinimidyl 3-(2-pyridyldithio)propionate (SPDP) type I collagen was conjugated with horseradish peroxidase (POD) which was employed as a reporter enzyme. POD was preferentially linked to the TC B fragment in a ratio of 1.4 mol POD/mol(More)
According to a current pathophysiological hypothesis cartilage destruction in inflammatory joint diseases is caused by an increase of matrix degrading proteinases in the joint. Under various enzymes from different sources the serine proteinases of polymorphonuclear leukocytes especially elastase play a leading part in initial breakdown of cartilage matrix.(More)
The ability of purified PMN serine proteases as well as oxygen-derived free radicals (ODFR) generated by activated phagocytes to damage cartilage matrix has been thoroughly investigated in vitro. The question in the present study was the extent to which enzymatic and ODFR-mediated mechanisms can contribute to the degradation of bovine cartilage slices by(More)
Synovial fluids of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis contain elevated levels of granulocyte (PMN) elastase in complex with alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor (alpha 1-PI), whereas free-elastase activity is usually not detectable. This absence of free enzymatic activity in joint effusions has cast some doubt on the pathophysiological relevance of PMN(More)
Synovial fluids of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis contain elevated levels of granulocyte (PMN) elastase in complex with alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor (alpha 1-PI), whereas free-elastase activity is usually not detectable. This absence of free enzymatic activity in joint effusions has cast some doubt on the pathophysiological relevance of PMN(More)
An inhibitor of serine proteinases from human articular cartilage was purified to homogeneity by sequential ultrafiltration and ion exchange chromatography on CM-Sephadex C-50. The apparent molecular weight of the cationic glycoprotein (pI greater than 10) was determined to be 16.5 X 10(3) by SDS gel electrophoresis. The inhibitor blocked the activity of(More)
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