Neutral proteinase was found in the leaves ofRicinus communie as assayed with α-casein and H-D-Val-Leu-Lys-pNA as substrates. The enzyme is maximally active at pH around 7.4. A selective adsorbent for serine proteinase was prepared by attaching aprotinin to aminoalkyl-porous glass.
When partially purified leaf proteinase was passed through a column containing this adsorbent, the proteinase activity present was bound to the porous glass. The proteinase eluted at IM NaCl was inhibited by aprotinin, leupeptin, DFP, phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride (PMSF) and serine proteinase inhibitor fromR, communis leaves, whereas pepstatin, EDTA, EGTA, and DTT had no effect on the enzyme. This inhibition profile suggests the leaf proteinase is a neutral proteinase, such as a serine proteinase.
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