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Amino acid sequence of bovine spleen cathepsin B.

The complete amino acid sequence of bovine spleen cathepsin B was determined by manual and automatic Edman degradation of fragments prepared by proteolytic or chemical digestion of the enzyme. The single-chain form of the enzyme consists of 253 amino acid residues and its Mr is 27,468 (carbohydrate moiety not included). The light chain (residues 1-47) and the heavy chain (residues 50-253) of the enzyme are linked by the sequence -Gly-Arg (residues 48 and 49) in the single-chain form. Bovine spleen cathepsin B shows 80% sequence homology with cathepsins B from other species. An outstanding feature of bovine spleen cathepsin B not observed with the other cathepsins B is the presence of two additional half-cystine residues.[1]


  1. Amino acid sequence of bovine spleen cathepsin B. Meloun, B., Baudys, M., Pohl, J., Pavlík, M., Kostka, V. J. Biol. Chem. (1988) [Pubmed]
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