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A Nonproteolytic "Trypsin-like" Enzyme: Purification and Properties of Arachain

E C Cameron, M Mazelis
Plant Physiology 1971, 48 (3): 278-81
By the use of the proteolytic substrates benzoyl-dl-arginine-p-nitroanilide and benzoyl-l-arginine ethyl ester the enzyme arachain has been purified 325-fold from acetone powders of ungerminated peanuts. The pH optimum for the hydrolysis of benzoyl-dl-arginine-p-nitroanilide was 8.1 in tris buffer, and for benzoyl-l-arginine ethyl ester was 7.5 using N - 2 - hydroxyethylpiperazine - N' - 2 - ethanesulfonic acid buffer. The purest fraction showed one main band with one to three minor bands on disc gel electrophoresis. The major protein component had an S(20,w) of 6.20. The energy of activation for the hydrolysis of benzoyl-dl-arginine-p-nitroanilide was calculated to be 16 kilocalories. The Michaelis constant for benzoyl-dl-arginine-p-nitroanilide was 10 micromolar and for benzoyl-l-arginine ethyl ester was 110 micromolar. The enzyme showed essentially no activity with casein, dimethyl casein, or bovine serum albumin as substrates. A large number of peptides were hydrolyzed by the enzyme, only l-leucyl-l-tyrosine being resistant of the peptides tested. The results suggest that arachain is not a "trypsin-like" protease but is a peptide hydrolase.


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