Aminopeptidases, Occurrence, Regulation and Nomenclature

  • Allen Taylor
Part of the Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit book series (MBIU)


Aminopeptidases (AP) catalyze the hydrolysis of amino acid residues from the amino terminus of peptide substrates. These enzymes generally have broad specificity, occur in several forms, and are widely distributed throughout the plant and animals kingdoms. Over 100 APs have been purified and/or studied, and over 50 genes have been cloned and characterized. Several forms of these enzymes have been found in many tissues or cells, on cell surfaces, and in soluble cytoplasmic or secreted forms in plants and animals1–7 (see chapters 2–8). In some cells they constitute a substantial proportion of enzyme protein.4,8,9


Leucine Aminopeptidase Aminopeptidase Activity Bovine Lens pepC Gene Methionine Aminopeptidase 
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