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J Endocrinol. 1996 Jul;150(1):51-6.

The ovine pancreatic protein which binds insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 is procarboxypeptidase A.

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AgResearch, Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.


Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) is known to modulate the actions of insulin-like growth factors (IGF)-I and -II at the level of the cell. Proposed mechanisms include association of IGFBP-3 with cell surface proteoglycan, with cell surface binding proteins, proteolysis and/or internalization of IGFBP-3. In previous studies we have characterized a protein of 40 kDa in extracts of ovine pancreas and muscle which binds IGFBP-3 on ligand blot analyses. This paper reports the identity of the pancreatic species as procarboxypeptidase A (peptidyl-L-amino acid hydrolase, E.C.; proCPA). Identity was established by amino terminal sequence analysis, binding studies with pure bovine carboxypeptidase A (CPA) and observations that the binding activity was present in pancreatic secretions consistent with the role of proCPA as a secretory zymogen. The binding activity was inhibited by unlabelled IGFBP-3 at high doses (10 micrograms/ml) and reduced but not abolished by preincubation of 125I-IGFBP-3 with excess IGF-I. Digestion of 125I-IGFBP-3 with mature CPA produced a 26 kDa product. Modification of IGFBP-3 by CPA or binding to proCPA may provide a mechanism for modulation of IGFBP activity and hence IGF action.

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