Apr 25, 1978

Inactivation of uridine nucleosidase in yeast. Purification and properties of an inactivating protein

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
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It has been previously demonstrated in our laboratory that uridine nucleosidase (EC is subjected in yeast to inactivation. An inactivating fraction has been isolated and purified to homogeneity with a procedure which includes gel filtration, adsorption chromatography, and electrofocusing techniques. The molecular weight of the enzyme, estimated either by sodium dodecyl sulfate disc gel electrophoresis or by gel filtration is approximately 44,000. No quaternary structure was evidenced. The inactivating activity possesses proteolytic activity against casein and hemoglobin with pH optima of 2.5 and 3.2, respectively. The optimal pH for uridine nucleosidase inactivation is around 4.7. The inactivating activity as well as the proteolytic activity of the preparation can be inhibited by IA but not by IB2 and IC, yeast macromolecular inhibitors for proteinase A (EC, B (EC, and C (EC, respectively. The apparent isoelectric point is pH 4.03. The carbohydrate content is 8.5%. A comparison of the properties of the inactivating protein with those of known yeast proteinases leads to the conclusion that it is identical with the enzyme previously designated as proteinase A, which for the first time has be...Continue Reading

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