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Biol Chem Hoppe Seyler. 1995 Nov;376(11):681-4.

Production of active recombinant human chymase from a construct containing the enterokinase cleavage site of trypsinogen in place of the native propeptide sequence.

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Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104-6140, USA.


Human chymase, a chymotrypsin-like proteinase found in mast cells, was produced in an enzymatically active recombinant form. The protein was expressed in Escherichia coli as part of an insoluble fusion protein which was solubilized and renatured. The structure of the fusion protein was NH2-ubiquitin-enterokinase cleavage site-chymase-COOH. The enterokinase cleavage site of trypsinogen replaced the native propeptide sequence of chymase, allowing for activation by a readily available proteinase (enterokinase) of known specificity. Characterization of refolded-activated recombinant chymase with substrates and inhibitors demonstrated properties identical to that of the native proteinase isolated from skin.

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