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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1975 Jan 30;379(1):180-8.

Activation of a pro-enzyme by a stoichiometric reaction with another protein. The reaction between prothrombin and staphylocoagulase.


The reaction between prothrombin and staphylocoagulase was investigated and the following conclusions were drawn: (a) Optimal amounts of the active reaction product (coagulase-thrombin) are found when equimolar amounts of prothrombin and staphylocoagulase are added together. (b) The molecular weight of coagulase-thrombin equals the sum of the molecular weights of staphylocoagulase and prothrombin when estimated both by gelfiltration and by sodijm dodecylsulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. (c) The amino acid composition of coagulase-thrombin cannot be distinguished from the sum of the amino acid compositions of prothrombin and staphylocoagulasd. (d)in a preparation of coagulase-thrombin the N-terminal amino acids are those of prothrombin (alanin) and staphylocoagulase (aspartic acid). (e) An antibody against coagulase-thrombin precipitates prothrombin and staphylocoagulase but not thrombin. (f) We put forward the hypothesis that the thrombin activity in coagulasethrombin is the result of a stoichiometric reaction between one molecule of prothrombin and one molecule of staphylocoagulase, and limited proteolysis does not play a role in this mechanism.

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