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E0885 Sigma

Enterokinase from porcine intestine

lyophilized powder, ≥100 units/mg protein

Synonym: Enteropeptidase



Related Categories 3.4.x.x Peptidases, 3.x.x.x Hydrolases, Application Index, Biochemicals and Reagents, Enterokinase,
form   lyophilized powder
purified by   chromatography
composition   Protein, ≥20% Lowry
foreign activity   aminopeptidase ≤1.5%
  trypsin ≤1%, free
storage temp.   −20°C


Unit Definition

One unit will produce 1.0 nanomole of trypsin from trypsinogen per min at pH 5.6 at 25 °C.

Physical form

Lyophilized powder containing sodium phosphate buffer salts


Enterokinase from porcine intestine has been used in a study to investigate complementary DNA cloning and sequencing of rat enteropeptidase. Enterokinase from porcine intestine has also been used to learn more about the insulinotropic region of the gastric inhibitory polypeptide.

The enzyme from Sigma has been used to activate zymogens in order to detect trypsin activity. The study to investigated the structural and evolutionary consequences of unpaired cysteines in trypsinogen. The product has been used to measure trypsin while studying the effect of pesticide induced alterations in gene expression in the lobster, Homarus americanus The enzyme from Sigma has been used to develop a novel assay for measuring levels of lipid-free apoA-I in the presence of lipid-bound apoA-I. Enteropeptidase can specifically cleave human lipid-free apoA-I but not its lipid-bound form resulting in an N-terminal fragment of 22 kDa. It has also been used in a study to examine the effect of calcium and phytic acid on the activation of trypsinogen and the stability of trypsin.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Enterokinase is a membrane bound serine protease that specifically and rapidly converts trypsinogen to trypsin, thereby, triggering the conversion of other zymogens to active enzymes. It has a molecular mass of approximately 150 kDa. The enzyme is a heterodimer consisting of 35-47 kDa subunits. The light and the heavy chains are linked by two disulfide bridges. It is a glycoprotein containing 35% carbohydrate. The polypeptide chain of trypsinogen is hydrolyzed only after an -(Asp)4-Lys- sequence. The enzyme is inhibited by soybean trypsin inhibitor. Enterokinase is typically used in protein modification and amino acid sequence determination.

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Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
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Protocols & Articles

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Enzymes & Proteins

Application Index | Enzyme Index | Substrate Index | Inhibitor Index | Cofactor Index | Lectin Index
Keywords: Cell signaling, Diagnostic, Drug discovery, Molecular biology

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