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C9268 Sigma

Carboxypeptidase A from bovine pancreas

(Type II-PMSF treated), ≥50 units/mg protein, aqueous suspension

Synonym: Carboxypolypeptidase, Peptidyl-L-amino-acid hydrolase



Related Categories 3.4.x.x Peptidases, 3.x.x.x Hydrolases, Application Index, Biochemicals and Reagents, Carboxypeptidase A,
Quality Level   PREMIUM
form   aqueous suspension
quality   (Type II-PMSF treated)
mol wt   mol wt ~35 kDa
purified by   2× crystallization
impurities   ≤0.05 BTEE units/mg protein chymotrypsin
  ≤10 BAEE units/mg protein trypsin
storage temp.   2-8°C


Analysis Note

Protein determined by E1%/278


500, 2500, 5000 units in glass bottle

Preparation Note

Treated with phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride to eliminate trypsin and chymotrypsin activity. Dialyzed and recrystallized: aqueous suspension with toluene added.

Unit Definition

One unit will hydrolyze 1.0 μmole of hippuryl-L-phenylalanine per min at pH 7.5 at 25 °C.


Carboxypeptidase A from bovine pancreas has been used in a study to investigate the expression of a soluble and activatable form of bovine procarboxypeptidase A in Escherichia coli. Carboxypeptidase A from bovine pancreas has also been used in a study to investigate the isolation and partial characterization of precursor forms of ostrich carboxypeptidase.

The enzyme from Sigma has been used as a comparison to study the specificity of Metarhizium anisopliae carboxypeptidase A (MeCPA). MeCPA had been genetically engineered to facilitate the removal of polyhistidine tags from the C-termini of recombinant proteins. It has also been used to de-tyrosinate α-tubulin, in vitro, in order to induce high affinity to ethyl-N-phenylcarbamate (EPC) sepharose.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Carboxypeptidase as isolated from bovine pancreas glands is a metalloenzyme that contains 1 g atom of zinc per mole of protein. It catalyzes the hydrolysis of the carboxyl-terminal peptide bond in peptides and proteins. It is primarily specific to aromatic and hydrophobic side chains such as phenylalanine, tryptophan or leucine. The enzyme also exhibits esterase activity. It is inhibited by beta-phenylpropionate and indole acetate.

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GHS08  GHS08
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Hazard statements 
Precautionary statements 
NONH for all modes of transport
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Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Protocols & Articles


Enzymatic Assay of Carboxypeptidase A

To standardize a procedure for the assay of Carboxypeptidase A at Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis.
Keywords: Extinction coefficient

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