A precursor form of cathepsin D with 45 kDa was demonstrated in the rat liver microsomal lumen by immunoblotting analysis. The microsomal fraction containing procathepsin D which passed through a pepstatin-Sepharose resin showed no appreciable activity of cathepsin D. The in vitro incubation of this fraction at pH 3.0 resulted in a gradual increase of proteolytic activity toward hemoglobin as substrate and also, the proteolytic conversion of procathepsin D to the mature form was concomitantly observed. The proteolytic processing step was sensitive to pepstatin. These results suggest that procathepsin D is inactive in the endoplasmic reticulum and may be converted to the active forms by autoproteolytic processing mechanism at acidic pH during biosynthesis.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 14 1987|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology