The effect of glycosylation on susceptibility of skin collagen to collagenase digestion was studied in a skin sample obtained at autopsy from the interscapular region of a 24 year old white male who had died of an acute illness and who had no history of diabetes. Homogeneous suspensions of insoluble collagen were prepared, and were incubated in 50 mmol l-1 dextrose at pH 7.35 and 37 degrees C for 7 days. Non-enzymatic glycosylation measured by the weak acid hydrolysis/thiobarbituric acid method increased from 13.1 +/- 1.0 (n = 5) to 45.2 +/- 5.5 (n = 8) nmol fructose per 10 mg collagen (P less than 0.001). Digestion of collagen using clostridial collagenase was monitored by measuring (a) hydroxyproline content and (b) absorption at 206 nm of the supernatant after centrifugation to remove substrate. The rate of digestion was similar in glycosylated and control collagen. We conclude that the ketoamine link formed in non-enzymatic glycosylation does not increase the resistance of collagen to enzymatic digestion. The possibility remains that subsequent rearrangement of this link could be important in this respect.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||European Journal of Clinical Investigation|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1985|
- Microbial Collagenase