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Received January 22, 2010; Revision received March 22, 2010
A metallocarboxypeptidase produced by Streptomyces bikiniensis 27 strain (VKPM Ac-1783) (CPSb) was purified and characterized. The enzyme cleaves both basic and hydrophobic C-terminal amino acid residues from synthetic peptides, that is, it possesses specificity of mammalian carboxypeptidases A and B. The enzyme also hydrolyzes peptides bearing glutamic acid at the C-end. CPSb exhibits its maximal activity at pH 7.0-7.6 and 55°C. The nucleotide sequence encoding the mature CPSb in S. bikiniensis 27 (VKPM Ac-1783) genome (Accession No. GU362077) was determined. It is shown that the primary structure of the mature enzyme has a moderate degree of identity with orthologs from Streptomyces griseus (79% identity) and Streptomyces avermitilis (85% identity).
KEY WORDS: Streptomyces bikiniensis, metallocarboxypeptidase, substitution therapy