Author(s): Mignogna G, Pascarella S, Wechselberger C, Hinterleitner C, Mollay C,
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Abstract From skin secretions of the European frog Bombina bombina, a new peptide has been isolated that contains 60 amino acids, including 10 cysteine residues. Its sequence was determined by automated Edman degradation and confirmed by analysis of the cDNA encoding the precursor. A search in the databanks demonstrated that the pattern of cysteine residues in this skin peptide is similar to the ones found in protease inhibitors from Ascaris and in a segment of human von Willebrand factor. The 3D structure of the trypsin inhibitor from Ascaris suum could be used as a template to build a model of the amphibian peptide. In addition, we have demonstrated that this constituent of skin secretion is indeed an inhibitor of trypsin and thrombin, with K(i) values in the range of 0.1 to 1 microM. The new peptide was thus named BSTI for Bombina skin trypsin/thrombin inhibitor.
This article was published in Protein Sci
and referenced in Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics