Mar 16, 1976

An extracellular aminopeptidase from Clostridium histolyticum

European Journal of Biochemistry
E Kessler, A Yaron


An aminopeptidase was isolated from the culture filtrate of Clostridium histolyticum and purified to homogeneity. Absence of endopeptidase activity in the purified preparation was demonstrated. Gel filtration on a calibrated column indicates an apparent molecular weight of 340000 for the native enzyme. Gel electrophoresis of the denatured enzyme in the presence of dodecylsulfate in constant acrylamide concentration and in a concentration gradient, resulted in the appearance of a single component for which a molecular weight of 51000 and 59000 respectively, was calculated. From mobilities of crosslinked and denatured protein species a molecular weight of 56000 was obtained for the monomer. Specificity studies show that the enzyme cleaves all types of N-terminel amino acid residues including proline and hydroxyproline from small peptides and from polypeptides. The peptide bond formed between an N-terminal amino acid residue and proline is not cleaved by the enzyme. The combined action of aminopeptidase-P and clostridal aminopeptidase leads to complete hydrolysis of the proline-rich nonapeptide bradykinin. Low rates of hydrolysis was observed for charged residues, and amides of amino acids. Kinetic studies with five tripeptides of...Continue Reading

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