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Current microbiology

Cytosolic neutral proteinases of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.


PMID 9662616

Abstract

Cytosolic proteinases were assayed in both morphological phases of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. Preparations from the mycelial phase were more active in vitro than those from the yeast cells. Optimal proteinase activities for both phases occurred at pH's between 6.0 and 9.0, and at 45 degrees C. Gelatin-SDS-PAGE electrophoresis separated several bands (58-112 kDa) in mycelial preparations; a single band (70 kDa) was seen in yeast preparations. Enzymatic activities were inhibited by antipain, phenyl methyl sulfonyl fluoride (PMSF), and chymostatin, suggestive of serine proteinases. Partial inhibition of the mycelial enzymes by ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), 1,10-phenanthroline, and iodoacetamide, also suggested the presence of cysteine- and metallo-proteinases. The enzymatic activity increased in preparations extracted from yeast cells transforming to mycelia, and decreased in preparations obtained from the reverse process.

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