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Substrate Specificity of Porcine Pancreatic Kallikrein

  • Franz Fiedler
  • Gisela Leysath
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The glandular kallikreins (EC of the pig have revealed themselves as members of the family of pancreatic serine proteinases that includes the digestive enzymes trypsin (EC 3.4. 21.4), chymotrypsin (EC, and elastase (EC (Tschesche et al., this volume). Outstanding in this family of proteinases is the narrow and seemingly inconsistent specificity of porcine pancreatic kallikrein. A protein as casein is hydrolyzed at least 200 times slower than it is by trypsin (Habermann 1962), though the rate of cleavage of certain specific peptide bonds may reach about 10% of the rate of tryptic attack (see below). Porcine pancreatic kallikrein contains in its sequence the same aspartic acid residue that is responsible for the specificity of trypsin for basic amino acids (Tschesche et al., this volume). Nevertheless, this kallikrein — as well as the other glandular kallikreins studied so far — exhibits the strange property of cleaving in kininogen a bond involving a neutral amino acid, methionine, with formation of kallidin. Moreover, this bond is located just adjacent to a basic lysine residue, that is readily accessible to trypsin that liberates bradykinin. In contrast, the cleavage of the second bond linking the kinin part to kininogen, an arginyl bond, conforms to the primary specificity for basic amino acids of both enzymes (Fig. 1).


Basic Amino Acid Specificity Constant Amino Acid Ester Bovine Trypsin Hydroxy Amino 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franz Fiedler
    • 1
  • Gisela Leysath
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung für Klinische Chemie und Klinische Biochemie der Chirurgischen KlinikUniversität MünchenMuenchen 2W. Germany

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