Molecular Cloning of Adipocyte-Derived Leucine Aminopeptidase Highly Related to Placental Leucine Aminopeptidase/Oxytocinase

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Abstract

In the current study, we report the cloning and initial characterization of a novel human cytosolic aminopeptidase named adipocyte-derived leucine aminopeptidase (A-LAP). The sequence encodes a 941-amino acid protein with significant homology (43%) to placental leucine aminopeptidase (P-LAP)/oxytocinase. The predicted A-LAP contains the HEXXH(X)<sub>18</sub>E consensus sequence, which is characteristic of the M1 family of zinc-metallopeptidases. Although the deduced sequence contains a hydrophobic region near the N-terminus, the enzyme localized mainly in cytoplasm when expressed in COS-7 cells. Northern blot analysis revealed that A-LAP was expressed in all the tissues tested, some of which expressed at least three forms of mRNA, suggesting that the regulation of the gene expression is complex. When aminopeptidase activity of A-LAP was measured with various synthetic substrates, the enzyme revealed a preference for leucine, establishing that A-LAP is a novel leucine aminopeptidase with restricted substrate specificity. The identification of A-LAP, which reveals strong homology to P-LAP, might lead to the definition of a new subfamily of zinc-containing aminopeptidases belonging to the M1 family of metallopeptidases.

Journal

  • The Journal of Biochemistry

    The Journal of Biochemistry 125(5), 931-938, 1999-05-01

    The Japanese Biochemical Society

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Cited by:  5

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    10005463783
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00694073
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    Journal Article
  • ISSN
    0021924X
  • NDL Article ID
    4728883
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZR2(科学技術--生物学--生化学)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z53-B472
  • Data Source
    CJP  CJPref  NDL  J-STAGE 
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