Recombinant Human Testican 1/SPOCK1 Protein, CF


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Recombinant Human Testican 1/SPOCK1 Protein, CF Summary

Details of Functionality
Measured by its ability to inhibit active Cathepsin L cleavage of a fluorogenic peptide substrate Z-LR-AMC (Catalog # ES008). The IC50 value is <10 nM, as measured under the described conditions.
Mouse myeloma cell line, NS0-derived human Testican 1/SPOCK1 protein
Arg22-Trp439, with a C-terminal 6-His tag
Accession #
N-terminal Sequence
Protein/Peptide Type
Recombinant Proteins
>90%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain
Endotoxin Note
<1.0 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.


Theoretical MW
48 kDa.
Disclaimer note: The observed molecular weight of the protein may vary from the listed predicted molecular weight due to post translational modifications, post translation cleavages, relative charges, and other experimental factors.
50-56 kDa, reducing conditions
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2327-PI in the following applications:

Packaging, Storage & Formulations

Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 6 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in PBS.
>90%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain
Reconstitution Instructions
Reconstitute at 100 μg/mL in sterile PBS.
Assay Procedure
  • Assay Buffer: 50 mM MES, 5 mM DTT, pH 6.0
  • Recombinant Human Testican 1/SPOCK1 (rhTestican 1) (Catalog # 2327-PI)
  • Recombinant Human Cathepsin L (rhCathepsin L) (Catalog # 952-CY)
  • Substrate: Z-Leu-Arg-AMC (Catalog # ES008)
  • F16 Black Maxisorp Plate (Nunc, Catalog # 475515)
  • Fluorescent Plate Reader (Model: SpectraMax Gemini EM by Molecular Devices) or equivalent
  1. Dilute rhCathepsin L to 1 µg/mL in Assay Buffer.
  2. Incubate diluted rhCathepsin L on ice for 15 minutes.
  3. Dilute incubated rhCathepsin L to 0.25 µg/mL in Assay Buffer.
  4. Prepare a curve of rhTestican 1 (MW: 47,800 Da) in Assay Buffer. Make the following serial dilutions: 500, 250, 125, 83.3, 55.6, 37, 24.7, and 12.3 nM.
  5. Combine equal volumes of diluted rhCathepsin L and rhTestican 1 at each concentration of the curve. Include two controls containing equal volumes of Assay buffer and diluted rhCathepsin L without any rhTestican 1.
    Incubate mixtures at 37 ˚C for 15 minutes.
  6. Dilute the reaction mixtures 1/5 in Assay Buffer.
  7. Dilute Substrate to 20 µM in Assay Buffer.
  8. Load 50 µL of the incubated mixtures in a plate, and start the reaction by adding 50 µL of 20 µM Substrate.
  9. Read at excitation and emission wavelengths of 380 nm and 460 nm (top read), respectively, in kinetic mode for 5 minutes.
  10. Derive the 50% inhibition concentration (IC50) value for rhTestican 1 by plotting RFU/min (or specific activity) vs. concentration with 4‑PL fitting.
  11. The specific activity for rhCathepsin L at each point may be determined using the following formula (if needed):

     Specific Activity (pmol/min/µg) =

Adjusted Vmax* (RFU/min) x Conversion Factor** (pmol/RFU)
amount of enzyme (µg)

     *Adjusted for Substrate Blank
     **Derived using calibration standard 7-Amino, 4-Methyl Coumarin (AMC) (Sigma, Catalog # A-9891).

Per Well:
  • rhCathepsin L: 0.00125 µg
  • rhTestican 1 curve: 25, 12.5, 6.25, 4.165, 2.78, 1.85, 1.235, and 0.615 nM
  • Substrate: 10 µM


This product is produced by and ships from R&D Systems, Inc., a Bio-Techne brand.

Alternate Names for Recombinant Human Testican 1/SPOCK1 Protein, CF

  • FLJ37170
  • Protein SPOCK
  • sparc/osteonectin, cwcv and kazal-like domains proteoglycan (testican) 1
  • SPOCK1
  • SPOCKcwcv and kazal-like domains proteoglycan (testican)
  • Testican 1
  • TIC1
  • TICN1


Testican 1, encoded by the SPOCK1 gene, is a proteoglycan first identified in human seminal plasma (1). The cDNAs from the human testis and mouse brain indicate 95% identity between the deduced amino acid sequences from the two species, predicting a conserved function (2, 3). Human Testican 1 is able to inhibit attachment of Neuro-2a cells and their ability to form neurite extensions (4). At R&D Systems, recombinant human (rh) Testican 1 has also been shown to be able to enhance neurite outgrowth of E18 rat embryonic hippocampal neurons. Testican 1 contains Ca2+-binding domain and the C-terminal acidic domain with putative glycosaminoglycan attachment sites (5). In addition, it contains three potential inhibitory domains targeted toward three different classes of proteases, metallo, cysteine and serine proteases. The N-terminal region, which is unique to testicans, is responsible for the inhibition of testican 1 towards MMP-14 (MT1-MMP, a metalloprotease) activation of MMP-2 (6). The thyropin domain may be responsible for the inhibition of testican 1 towards cathepsin L, a cysteine protease (5). The follistatin-like domain with a six cysteine Kazal-like motif may inhibit serine proteases. The purified rhTestican 1 is capable of inhibiting rhMMP-14 and rhCathepsin L (Catalog # 918-MP and 952-CY) in assays using the fluorogenic peptide substrates (Catalog # ES001 and ES008).

  1. Bonnet, F. et al. (1992) Biochem. J. 288:565.
  2. Alliel, P.M. et al. (1993) Eur. J. Biochem. 214:347.
  3. Bonnet, F. et al. (1996) J. Biol. Chem. 271:565.
  4. Marr, H.S. and C.-J.S Edgell (2003) Matrix Biol. 22:259.
  5. Bocock, J.P. et al. (2003) Eur. J. Biochem. 270:4008.
  6. Nakada, M. et al. (2001) Cancer Res. 61:8896.

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