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The inhibition mechanism of serpins. Evidence that the mobile reactive center loop is cleaved in the native protease-inhibitor complex.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
1995 (English)In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 270, no 50, 29652-5 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inhibitors that belong to the serine protease inhibitor or serpin family have reactive centers that constitute a mobile loop with P1-P1' residues acting as a bait for cognate protease. Current hypotheses are conflicting as to whether the native serpin-protease complex is a tetrahedral intermediate with an intact inhibitor or an acyl-enzyme complex with a cleaved inhibitor P1-P1' peptide bond. Here we show that the P1' residue of the plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 mutant (P1' Cys) became more accessible to radiolabeling in complex with urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) compared with its complex with catalytically inactive anhydro-uPA, indicating that complex formation with cognate protease leads to a conformational change whereby the P1' residue becomes more accessible. Analysis of chemically blocked NH2 termini of serpin-protease complexes revealed that the P1-P1' peptide bonds of three different serpins are cleaved in the native complex with their cognate protease. Complex formation and reactive center cleavage were found to be rapid and coordinated events suggesting that cleavage of the reactive center loop and the subsequent loop insertion induce the conformational changes required to lock the serpin-protease complex.

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1995. Vol. 270, no 50, 29652-5 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41811PubMedID: 8530349OAI: diva2:407853
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