Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Summary A leucine aminopeptidase was purified to homogeneity fromStreptomyces rimosus culture filtrates, which are waste broth of oxytetracycline bioproduction process. Purification procedure includes ultrafiltration and chromatography on CM-Sephadex, AH-Sepharose and FPLC Mono S column. The enzyme is a monomer with molecular weight of 27,500 Daltons and pI of 7.3, stable in broad pH range and up to 70°C. It is a metallo enzyme dependent on Ca2+ ions for its full activity. By its specificity it is a true aminopeptidase active on amino acid amide, arylamide, peptide and ester bonds. The hydrolysing activity shows preference for leucine at the N-terminal position of substrates, also acts on aromatic acids and methionine, but does not release glycine, proline, acidic amino acids orD-amino acid residues.
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