Selective oxidation of Met-192 in bovine α-chymotrypsin. Effect on catalytic and inhibitor binding properties

Francesca Cutruzzolá, Paolo Ascenzi, Donatella Barra, Martino Bolognesi, Enea Menegatti, Paolo Sarti, Hans Peter Schnebli, Svetlana Tomova, Gino Amiconi

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Catalytic and inhibitor binding properties of bovine α-chymotrypsin, in which the Met-192 residue has been converted by treatment with chloramine T to the sulfoxide derivative (Met(O)192 α-chymotrypsin), have been examined relative to the native enzyme (α-chymotrypsin), between pH 4.5 and 8.0 (μ = 0.1), and/or 5.0°C and 40.0°C. Values of kcat, k+2 and/or k+3 for the hydrolysis of all the substrates examined (i.e., tMetAcONp, ZAlaONp, ZLeuONp, ZLysONp and ZTyrONp) catalyzed by native and Met(O)192 α-chymotrypsin are similar, as well as values of Km for the hydrolysis of ZLeuONp, ZLysONp and ZTyrONp. On the other hand, Ks and Km values for the hydrolysis of ZAlaONp and tMetAcONp are decreased by about 5-fold. Met-192 oxidation does not affect the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters for the (de)stabilization of the complex formed between the proteinase and the bovine basic pancreatic trypsin inhibitor. On the other hand, the recognition process between between α-chymotrypsin and the recombinant proteinase inhibitor eglin c from the leech Hirudo medicinalis is influenced by the oxidation event. Considering known molecular models, the observed catalytic and inhibitor binding properties of native and Met(O)192 α-chymotrypsin were related to the inferred stereochemistry of the proteinase-substrate and proteinase-inhibitor contact region(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Protein Structure and Molecular
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 13 1993


  • Bovine α-chymotrypsin
  • Catalytic property
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Inhibitor binding
  • Methionine oxidation
  • Thermodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology


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