Properties and specificity of the major anionic trypsin-like enzyme in the keratinolytic larvae of the webbing clothes moth

Ward, C.W.

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 391(1): 201-211


ISSN/ISBN: 0006-3002
PMID: 237556
DOI: 10.1016/0005-2744(75)90167-9
Accession: 021611943

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The major form of the trypsin-like proteinases from the larvae of the webbing clothes moth Tineola bisselliella has been further purified and some of its properties investigated. It differs from bovine trypsin in several respects. It is anionic at neutral pH, is very stable at alkaline pH, has no requirement for calcium ions for this stability and is very sensitive to urea. It resembles vertebrate trypsins in its complete inhibition by diisopropylfluorophosphate, its pH optimum of 8.5 for hydrolysis of benzoyl-arginine p-nitroanilide and its cleavage specificity against glucagon and the beta-chain of S-carboxymethyl insulin.