The newly-discovered human aspartic proteinase, napsin A was not susceptible to protein inhibitors from potato, squash or yeast but was weakly inhibited by the 17 kDa polypeptide from Ascaris lumbricoides and potently by isovaleryl and lactoyl-pepstatins. A series of synthetic inhibitors was also investigated which contained in the P1-P1' positions the dipeptide analogue statine or its phenylalanine or cyclohexylalanine homologues and in which the residues occupying P4-P3' were varied systematically. On this basis, the active site of napsin A can be readily distinguished from other human aspartic proteinases.
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