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Proteins of the kidney microvillar membrane. Aspartate aminopeptidase: purification by immunoadsorbent chromatography and properties of the detergent- and proteinase-solubilized forms.

Aminopeptidase A (aspartate aminopeptidase, EC was purified 2000-fold from pig kidney cortex. The essential step in the purification was chromatography on an immunoadsorbent column prepared from a rabbit antiserum raised against pig intestinal aminopeptidase A. Glutamyl and aspartyl substrate were attacked most rapidly and their hydrolyses were stimulated by Ca2+. The 2-naphthylamide derivatives of neutral and basic amino acids were also hydrolysed by aminopeptidase A, but at rates about two orders of magnitude lower, and Ca2+ was inhibitory. The possibility that these atypical substrates were hydrolysed by traces of aminopeptidase M (EC contaminating the preparation could be excluded on several grounds. Aminopeptidase A was sensitive to inhibition by chelating agents and the inactive enzyme could be reactivated by Ca2+ or Mn2+. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry revealed 1 g-atom of Ca/143000 g of protein. Two forms of the enzyme were purified: an amphipathic form solubilized from the membrane by Triton X-100 (detergent form) and a hydrophilic form released by incubation with trypsin (proteinase form). The detergent form exhibited charge-shift in crossed immunoelectrophoresis when anionic or cationic detergents were present. On gel filtration, mol.wts. of 350000--400000 and 270000 were calculated for the detergent and proteinase forms. Electron microscopy after negative staining of the proteinase form revealed a dimeric structure. Electrophoresis of either form in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulphate revealed four polypeptides with mobilities corresponding to apparent mol.wts. of 155000, 110000, 90000 and 45000. All four bands stained positively for carbohydrate. Pig serum possesses weak aminopeptidase A activity; immunological experiments showed it to be a similar protein.[1]


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