PMID: 3516218Mar 25, 1986

Substrate and inhibitor studies of thermolysin-like neutral metalloendopeptidase from kidney membrane fractions. Comparison with bacterial thermolysin

M PozsgayM Orlowski


The inhibitory constants of a series of synthetic N-carboxymethyl peptide inhibitors and the kinetic parameters (Km, kcat, and kcat/Km) of a series of model synthetic substrates were determined for the membrane-bound kidney metalloendopeptidase isolated from rabbit kidney and compared with those of bacterial thermolysin. The two enzymes show striking similarities with respect to structural requirements for substrate binding to the hydrophobic pocket at the S1' subsite of the active site. Both enzymes showed the highest reaction rates with substrates having leucine residues in this position while phenylalanine residues gave the lowest Km. The two enzymes were also inhibited by the same N-carboxymethyl peptide inhibitors. Although the mammalian enzyme was more susceptible to inhibition than its bacterial counterpart, structural variations in the inhibitor molecules affected the inhibitory constants for both enzymes in a similar manner. The two enzymes differed significantly, however, with respect to the effect of structural changes in the P1 and P2' positions of the substrate on the kinetic parameters of the reaction. The mammalian enzyme showed the highest reaction rates and specificity constants with substrates having the seque...Continue Reading


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