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International journal of peptide and protein research

Inactivation of trypsin and chymotrypsin with a photosensitive probe.


PMID 6398

Abstract

The photosensitive inactivation of trypsin and chymotrypsin by 4-fluoro-3-nitrophenyl azide (FNPA) is described. A dark inhibition was observed at elevated probe concentrations, and was reversible. The enzymes were stable to photolysis in the absence of probe. Photolytic inactivation of trypsin and chymotrypsin with FNPA was found to be irreversible, and occurs in minutes at concentrations of FNPA where dark inhibition is negligible. The photoprobe was equally effective at pH 3 or pH 8. Nonspecific inactivation appears to be low, as evidenced by the stability of glucose oxidase and peroxidase to photolysis with FNPA.