Characteristics of the chromaffin granule aspartic proteinase involved in proenkephalin processing
Proteolytic processing of neuropeptide precursors is required for production of active neurotransmitters and hormones. In this study, a chromaffin granule (CG) aspartic proteinase of 70 kDa was found to contribute to enkephalin precursor cleaving activity, as assayed with recombinant ([35S]Met) preproenkephalin. The 70-kDa CG aspartic proteinase was purified by concanavalin A-Sepharose, Sephacryl S-200, and pepstatin A agarose affinity chromatography. The proteinase showed optimal activity at pH 5.5. It was potently inhibited by pepstatin A, a selective aspartic proteinase inhibitor, but not by inhibitors of serine, cysteine, or metalloproteinases. Lack of inhibition by Val-D-Leu-Pro-Phe-Val-D-Leu--an inhibitor of pepsin, cathepsin D, and cathepsin E--distinguishes the CG aspartic proteinases from classical members of the aspartic proteinase family. The CG aspartic proteinase cleaved recombinant proenkephalin between the Lys172-Arg173 pair located at the COOH-terminus of (Met)enkephalin-Arg6-Gly7-Leu8, as assessed by peptide microsequencing. The importance of full-length prohormone as substrate was demonstrated by the enzyme's ability to hydrolyze 35S-labeled proenkephalin and proopiomelanocortin and its inability to cleave tri- and tetrapeptide substrates containing dibasic or monobasic cleavage sites. In this study, results provide evidence for the role of an aspartic proteinase in proenkephalin and prohormone processing.
Biochemistry | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Azaryan, A. V.,
Schiller, M. R.,
Mende-Mueller, L. M.,
Hook, V. Y.
Characteristics of the chromaffin granule aspartic proteinase involved in proenkephalin processing.
Journal of Neurochemistry, 65(4),