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Cathepsin L, but not cathepsin B, is a potential kininogenase.

Although papain-like enzymes are strongly inhibited by their natural tight-binding inhibitors of the cystatin superfamily, cathepsins B and L may still retain some residual proteolytic activity toward Z-Phe-Arg-AMC in the presence of an excess of kininogen. This activity is abolished by adding E-64 or chicken cystatin. Cathepsins B and L show a single band of gelatinolytic activity when subjected to gelatin-SDS-PAGE. Adding high Mr kininogen, low Mr kininogen, T-kininogen, or chicken cystatin to cathepsin L results in additional intense bands of enzyme activity corresponding to the protease-inhibitor complexes. Cathepsin B does not produce these additional bands. This gelatinolytic activity was inhibited by E-64, but not by EDTA, PMSF or Pefabloc. Cathepsin L also specifically generated kinins from high and low molecular weight kininogens in vitro, but cathepsin B did not. T-kininogen did not release any immunoreactive kinins when complexed with cathepsin L, as previously observed using tissue kallikreins. The ability of cathepsin L to generate vasoactive peptides raises the question of the physiological significance of this mechanism during inflammation.[1]


  1. Cathepsin L, but not cathepsin B, is a potential kininogenase. Desmazes, C., Gauthier, F., Lalmanach, G. Biol. Chem. (2001) [Pubmed]
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