PMID: 3890941Mar 26, 1985Paper

Limited proteolysis of thermolysin by subtilisin: isolation and characterization of a partially active enzyme derivative

C VitaA Fontana


Incubation of the neutral metalloendopeptidase thermolysin at pH 9-10 in the presence of 10 mM CaCl2 for 2 days at room temperature with subtilisin at a 50:1 molar ratio leads to a derivative possessing lower (approximately 3%) but intrinsic catalytic activity. This derivative, called thermolysin S, was isolated by gel filtration in approximately 80% yield and then separated from some residual intact thermolysin by an affinity chromatographic step on Sepharose-Gly-D-Phe. It was found that thermolysin S results from a tight association of two polypeptide fragments of apparent Mr of 24000 and 10000. Dissociation of the complex was achieved under strong denaturing conditions, such as gel filtration on a column equilibrated and eluted with 5 M guanidine hydrochloride. The positions of the clip sites were defined by amino acid analysis, end-group determination, and amino acid sequencing of the isolated fragments and shown to lie between Thr-4 and Ser-5, between Thr-224 and Gln-225, and also between Gln-225 and Asp-226. Thermolysin S, which is therefore a stable complex of fragments 5-224(225) and 225(226)-316, shows a shift in optimum pH of about 1 unit toward the acid range with respect to intact thermolysin and a Km essentially un...Continue Reading


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