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Biochemical and PMF MALDI-TOF Analyses of Two Novel Papain-Like Plant Proteinases

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Two cysteine endopeptidases from latex of Araujia angustifolia (araujiain aI and araujiain aIII) were purified and characterized by means of conventional and proteomics techniques (MALDI-TOF). N-terminal sequences showed a high percentage of identity with cysteine proteinases belonging to the papain family. The peptide mass fingerprint analysis demonstrated a close homology among both proteinases.

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Keywords: Araujia angustifolia; Asclepiadaceae; Plant proteinases; peptide mass fingerprint; proteomics techniques

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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