The Complete Amino Acid Sequence of Chitinase-B from the Leaves of Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)

Miho Tanigawa, Takeshi Yamagami, Gunki Funatsu

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The complete amino acid sequence of pokeweed leaf chitinase-B (PLC-B) has been determined by first sequencing all 19 tryptic peptides derived from the reduced and S-carboxymethylated (RCm-) PLC-B and then connecting them by analyzing the chymotryptic peptides from three fragments produced by cyanogen bromide cleavage of RCm-PLC-B. PLC-B consists of 274 amino acid residues and has a molecular mass of 29, 473 Da. Six cysteine residues are linked by disulfide bonds between Cys20 and Cys67, Cys50 and Cys57, and Cys159 and Cys188. From 58-68% sequence homology of PLC-B with five class III chitinases, it was concluded that PLC-B is a basic class III chitinase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-847
Number of pages7
JournalBioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

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