When papain was reacted with l-1-acetyl-2,3-dihydropyrrolo[2,3-b]indole-2-carboxamide at pH 8.0, inactivation occurred accompanied by modification of Cys-25 in the active site. Plots of pseudo first-order rate constants against the reagent concentrations yielded an anomalous sigmoidal curve, suggesting that papain responded to this reagent in an allosteric manner. This is supported by the fact that the presence of a moderate concentration (a twenty-fold molar excess) of Nα-acetyl-l-tryptophanamide over papain accelerated the inactivation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Molecular Medicine