Development and validation of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the quantification of a specific MMP-9 mediated degradation fragment of type III collagen-A novel biomarker of atherosclerotic plaque remodeling

University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Clinical biochemistry (Impact Factor: 2.28). 07/2011; 44(10-11):900-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2011.04.004
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Degradation of collagen in the arterial wall by matrix metalloproteinases is the hallmark of atherosclerosis. We have developed an ELISA for the quantification of type III collagen degradation mediated by MMP-9 in urine.
A monoclonal antibody targeting a specific MMP-9 generated fragment of collagen III was used in a competitive ELISA. The assay was validated in urine and arterial tissue of Apolipoprotein-E knockout (ApoE-KO) mice.
The lower limit of detection was 0.5ng/mL, intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation were below 10%. By the end of 20weeks of the study, urine levels of the novel CO3-610 biomarker in ApoE-KO mice increased by two-fold (p<0.0001) and were three-fold higher than in control mice. Western blots confirmed high expression of CO3-610 in arterial extracts of ApoE-KO mice.
We have developed a novel competitive ELISA, capable of measuring a urine biomarker indicative of pathological extracellular matrix remodeling in a mouse model of atherosclerosis.

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    • "MMP-degradation of proteins generates specific cleavage sites on fragments which in turn enable the development of new epitopes. Our group previously discussed neoepitopes that may have potential utility as biomarkers of unbalanced ECM remodeling in a number of different pathologies and can be measured in biological fluids such as serum, plasma and urine [22-27]. Key benefits of measuring biomarkers in body fluids are that this process is non-invasive and, because the specific neoepitopes represent a unique ‘fingerprint’ of the proteolytic cleavage of the protein, they identify the specific tissue being turned over and also detect whether the tissue is diseased or healthy. "
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    • "However, we saw that the increase in MMCN-151 is not mediated by a high cholesterol diet, since only ApoE KO mice had elevated plasma biomarker levels. Moreover, it is interesting that we found no difference in MMCN-151 plasma levels in ApoE KO and control mice which received normal diet as we have seen previously with our collagen III, CO3-610 urine biomarker where significant biomarker increase was demonstrated in ApoE KO mice fed standard rodent chow.33 However, we have seen that the increase in MMCN-151 in ApoE KO mice seems to be mediated by a high cholesterol diet, whereas no significant increase in the circulating levels of MMCN-151 were observed in control mice when comparing the two diet regimens. "
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