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Arch Biochem Biophys. 1991 Nov 1;290(2):265-71.

Purification and characterization of a trypsin inhibitor from mouse seminal vesicle secretion.

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  • 1Institute of Biochemical Science, College of Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Republic of China.


A Kazal-type trypsin inhibitor in mouse seminal vesicle secretion was purified to homogeneity via a series of purification steps including ammonium sulfate fractionation, affinity chromatography on a trypsin Affi-Gel 10 column, and HPLC on a reverse phase C4 column. It was shown to be a weak basic protein with an isoelectric point of 8.7 and to contain no carbohydrate. The protein had a specific activity of 184 U/mg protein in the inhibitory effect on the trypsin digestion of N-benzoyl-Pro-Phe-Arg-p-nitroanilide. Analysis of the kinetic data for the trypsin digestion of N-benzoyl-Phe-Val-Arg 7-amido-4-methylcoumarin revealed that the protein was a competitive inhibitor with an inhibitory constant (Ki) of 0.15 nM. The molecular mass of the protein was determined to be 7 kDa by both gel chromatography and electrophoresis. Results of direct amino acid determinations indicated that this protein corresponded to the reading frame of MP12 cDNA identified from mouse prostate. We found that cleavage only at the reactive site of this protein (Arg19-Ile20) resulted in its denaturation.

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