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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1978 May 11;524(1):156-61.

Isoelectric focusing of carboxypeptidase N.


Carboxypeptidase N was partially purified on a TEAE-cellulose column and subjected to isoelectric focusing in sucrose gradient columns containing ampholine gradients of pH range 3-10 and 4-8. Activity separated into two major peaks with pI values of pH 3.8 and 4.3. Both peaks were totally converted to an active desialated enzyme with isoelectric point of pH 5.2 to 5.4. These results indicate that carboxypeptidase N is a sialoprotein with at least two forms, differing in sialic acid content, in serum. Catalytic activity is not dependent upon sialic acid but the latter may possibly influence stability since loss of activity occurred in the desialated enzyme with repeat focusing.

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