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The Inhibition of Pepsin-Catalysed Reactions by Products and Product Analogues. Kinetic Evidence for Ordered Release of Products

The Inhibition of Pepsin-Catalysed Reactions by Products and Product Analogues. Kinetic Evidence for Ordered Release of Products

P Greenwell et al. Biochem J.

Abstract

1. The inhibition of pepsin-catalysed hydrolysis of N-acetyl-l-phenylalanyl-l-phenylalanylglycine by products and product analogues was studied. 2. The non-competitive nature of the inhibition by the product N-acetyl-l-phenylalanine confirms an ordered release of products, and points to a common mechanism (involving an amino-enzyme) for pepsin-catalysed transpeptidation and hydrolysis reactions. 3. N-Acetyl-l-phenylalanine ethyl ester is also a non-competitive inhibitor, but here the inhibition is of the ;dead-end' type. No ethanol is detectable in reaction mixtures, indicating that this ester cannot act as an amino group acceptor in a transpeptidation process. 4. The same is true for N-methanesulphonyl-l-phenylalanine methyl and methyl thiol esters. No methanethiol is liberated when the methyl thiol ester is present as an inhibitor of the hydrolytic reaction, and the hope that such a thiol ester would effectively trap the amino-enzyme was not fulfilled.

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