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From: The Wnt-specific astacin proteinase HAS-7 restricts head organizer formation in Hydra

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Screen for HyWnt3 proteolytic activity in Hydra tissue lysates. a Schematic representation of the Hydra body plan. Body parts used for lysates in bd are indicated. The hypostomal organizer, which harbors HyWnt3 expressing cells is marked in red. b Recombinant HyWnt3-His levels, monitored by Western blotting with anti-His antibody, were reduced after ~ 4 h incubation in the head lysate and after ~ 6 h in the upper body lysate. No cleavage was observed during incubation in tentacle and lower body lysates, while incubation in the PBS control showed unspecific cleavage at 24 h. No unspecific proteolysis of 1 μg BSA was detectable in HL over the time period of 24 h as detected by SDS-PAGE and Coomassie staining. HyWnt3-His cleavage activity in HL was completely blocked by the addition of broad zinc metalloproteinase inhibitors EDTA and Phenanthroline or the matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor Batimastat. c No cleavage was observed for the recombinant Wnt antagonist HyDkk1/2/4-His in the respective body tissue lysates during a 24-h incubation time. Mark that the double band appearance is an SDS-PAGE artifact. d Tissue lysates from different body parts of adult hydra polyps as indicated in the scheme were adjusted in total protein concentrations by tubulin Western blotting. e Distribution of protein classes in the Hydra HL secretome identified in HyWnt3(+) and HyWnt3(−) fractions as indicated. The full dataset is given in Additional file 2: Table S1a-b. f HyWnt3-His processing is inhibited by recombinant mouse Fetuin-B protein in a dose-dependent manner as indicated

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