The complete amino acid sequence of ubiquitin, an adenylate cyclase stimulating polypeptide probably universal in living cells

Biochemistry. 1975 May 20;14(10):2214-8. doi: 10.1021/bi00681a026.


The complete amino acid sequence was determined for bovine ubiquitin, and adenylate cyclase stimulating polypeptide, which is probably represented universally in living cells. Ubiquitin has a molecular weight of 8451 and consists of a single polypeptide chain containing 74 amino acid residues. It contains four arginine residues but no cysteine or trytophan residues. The first 61 amino acid residues were obtained by automated Edman degradations. Tryptic digestion of maleated ubiquitin yielded four peptide fragments that were resolved by molecular sieve chromatography and coded in order of decreasing chain length (MT-1, MT-2, MT-3, and MT-4). The automated sequenator determinations on native ubiquintin provided overlapping sequence data for three of these fragments that gave an order of MT-1, MT-3, and then MT-2; Peptide MT-4, a dipeptide, was therefore assigned to the C terminus, and the placement of peptide MT-2 was corroborated by analysis of data from carboxypeptidase digestions of maleated ubiquitin. Peptide MT-2 was domaleated and sequenced by manual Edman degradations through a single lysine residue. It was cleaved at this residue with trypsin, and the two resultant peptides were separated by ion-exchange chromatography. Manual sequencing of the C-terminal demaleated tryptic peptide of MT-2 completed the sequence of MT-2 and that of native ubiquitin. The sequence of ubiquitin was further confirmed and supported by amino acid and parital sequence anlysis of fragments obtained by digestion of maleated ubiquitin with chymotrypsin or staphylococcal protease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenylyl Cyclases / metabolism*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Amino Acids / analysis
  • Animals
  • Carboxypeptidases
  • Cattle
  • Chymotrypsin
  • Peptide Fragments / analysis
  • Peptide Hydrolases
  • Peptides* / physiology
  • Staphylococcus / enzymology
  • Thymus Gland / analysis
  • Trypsin


  • Amino Acids
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Peptides
  • Carboxypeptidases
  • Peptide Hydrolases
  • Chymotrypsin
  • Trypsin
  • Adenylyl Cyclases