Mar 1, 1976

Activation process of pepsinogen

Journal of Biochemistry
D Koga, K Hayashi


The activation process of pepsinogen was analyzed by a combination of computer simulation and experiment. In order to investigate in detail the behavior of the basic schemes proposed in the previous study, further computer simulations were conducted. Some experiments were performed based on the information obtained. The changes in the UV difference spectrum in the early stage was measured by the stopped-flow technique and the conversion of pepsinogen to pepsin [EC] was followed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Furthermore, on the basis of the experimental results, the most reasonable scheme was selected and modified. As a result, a scheme for the activation process of pepsinogen was obtained (Scheme 8). On the basis of the above analyses, it was assumed that the first step and the third step are pH-dependent based on the change in the UV spectrum, that the second step is a nonlinear reaction containing a looped reaction with a dimeric intermediate (in this step, peptide fragments are released and pepsinogen is converted to a pepsin-like molecule), and that the third step is an equilibrium reaction involving proton binding.

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