Patricia Hernández-Cortés

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Three isotrypsins from digestive gland of Penaeus vannamei were purified and characterized by molecular, biochemical and kinetic parameters. Purified isotrypsins A, B, and C are glycoproteins with molecular masses between 30.2 and 32.9 kDa, and, therefore similar to other trypsins. The isoelectric points are anionic and different among the three(More)
An immunological approach was used to elucidate whether trypsin is synthesized and stored as trypsinogen in the midgut gland of the shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Two peptides were constructed using sequences deduced from known shrimp genes: trypsinogen activation peptide and an internal sequence. These peptides were used as haptens to elicit antibodies in(More)
Chymotrypsin from shrimp, Penaeus californiensis, was compared to Bos taurus chymotrypsin, and its structure-function relationship was studied. Catalytic efficiency toward synthetic substrate is lower, but it has a broad specificity and higher activity toward protein substrates, including collagen. It is active at pH 4-10 and fully active up to 50 °C for 2(More)
During shrimp larval development, changes occur in molecular components. Enzyme activity and mRNA expression of proteinases were assayed in Penaeus vannamei during larval development, which consists of 5 nauplius stages, 3 protozoeal stages, 3 mysis stages, and 12 postlarval stages. Trypsin activity reached a maximum at the beginning of postlarval stages 1(More)
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