Author(s): Kelo E, Noronkoski T, Stoineva IB, Petkov DD, Mononen I
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Abstract L-Asparaginase is known to catalyze the hydrolysis of L-asparagine to L-aspartic and ammonia, but little is known about its action on peptides. When we incubated L-asparaginases purified either from Escherichia coli or Erwinia chrysanthemi - commonly used as chemotherapeutic agents because of their antitumour activity - with eight small beta-aspartylpeptides such as beta-aspartylserineamide, beta-aspartylalanineamide, beta-aspartylglycineamide and beta-aspartylglycine, we found that both L-asparaginases could catalyze the hydrolysis of five of them yielding L-aspartic acid and amino acids or peptides. Our data show that L-asparaginases can hydrolyze beta-aspartylpeptides and suggest that L-asparaginase therapy may affect the metabolism of beta-aspartylpeptides present in human body.
This article was published in FEBS Lett
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy