Purification and characterization of chymotrypsin inhibitor CI-3 from hemolymph of silkworm, Bombyx mori

Qiaoling Zhao, Ningjia He, Koji Shirai, Hiroshi Fujii, Yutaka Banno, Kohji Yamamoto

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Abstract

The chymotrypsin inhibitor 3 (CI-3) whose expression is controlled by Ict-E gene on the 22nd linkage group was purified from the larval hemolymph of silkworm Bombyx mori by combination of a series of column chromatography and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS-PAGE). The molecular weight of CI-3 was 40 kDa and its isoelectric point was 5.5. The results of analysis on the protein properties revealed that the inhibitory activity of CI-3 against α-chymotrypsin was remarkably stable at pH 6.9-10.6, but lost 30% and 70% of the inhibitory activity at pH 5.9 and pH 11.9, respectively. CI-3 was quite stable at the temperature between 0°C to 50°C and lost inhibitory activity completely at the temperatures higher than 60°C. CI-3 showed strong inhibitory activity toward α-chymotrypsin and silkworm digestive juice (DJ) protease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Volume49
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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