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Sabouraudia. 1985 Jun;23(3):165-78.

Purification and partial characterization of an exocellular proteinase from Trichophyton rubrum.


An exocellular proteinase produced by Trichophyton rubrum in a glucose-peptone broth was purified from lyophilized and dialysed culture filtrate of the dermatophyte by Sephadex G-100 gel filtration and preparative polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The purified enzyme was a homogeneous protein of molecular weight 34700 and it could hydrolyse azoalbumin, casein, bovine serum albumin, alpha-N-benzoyl-L-arginine ethyl ester and p-toluenesulfonyl-L-arginine methyl ester but not N-benzoyl-L-tyrosine ethyl ester, alpha-N-benzoyl-DL-arginine-p-nitroanilide and keratin. The enzyme showed an alkaline pH optimum and was not activated by divalent metal ions but inhibited strongly by phenylmethylsulfonylfluoride. Thus the enzyme was identified as an alkaline serine proteinase.

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