α-Chymotrypsin from bovine pancreas (bovine pancreatic α-chymotrypsin, CHT) is an enzyme protein. The influence of varying concentrations of organic solvents like ethanol, 1,4-dioxane and acetonitrile on CHT has been reported.
Chymotrypsin (Chy) is a serine protease. It corresponds to a molecular weight of 25.7 kDa and is widely used in pharmaceutical industry. It is synthesized in pancreas from chymotrypsinogen and require calcium for this conversion.
α-Chymotrypsin from bovine pancreas is stabilized by Ca2+ and catalyzes the hydrolysis of peptide bonds in particular the amino acids tyrosine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and leucine at their C-terminal side. α-Chymotrypsin is inhibited by Cu2+ and Hg.
A serine protease that hydrolyzes peptide bonds with aromatic or large hydrophobic side chains (Tyr, Trp, Phe, Met, Leu) on the carboxyl end of the bond.