PMID: 40605Oct 11, 1979

Studies on the nature of the catalytically essential ionizing group of plasmin with pK 8.4

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
U Christensen

Abstract

A fully carbamylated derivative of plasminogen having no free amino groups has been prepared and converted by urokinase to an active enzyme, called carbamyl plasmin A, with a single free NH2-terminal amino group (Val-561). Carbamyl plasmin A was shown to possess a catalytically essential ionizing group having pK 8.6. Carbamylation of the free NH2-terminal amino group of carbamyl plasmin A led to complete loss of catalytic activity. The results of solvent perturbation studies of normal plasmin (EC 3.4.21.7) indicate that the group with pK 8.4 is a neutral acid group. It is suggested that the catalytically essential ionizing group of plasmin having a pK of 8.4 is the alpha-ammonium group of the NH2-terminal Val-561 or the light chain of plasmin, forming an ion pair with a COO- group of an aspartate or glutamate residue.

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