Purification and characterization of a heteromultimeric glycoprotein from Artocarpus heterophyllus latex with an inhibitory effect on human blood coagulation.
A photometric assay for proteases has been developed. A chemically modified casein whose amino groups were succinylated was used as a substrate. After incubation with trypsin, chymotrypsin, thermolysin, and subtilisin, the extent of hydrolysis of the substrate was determined with trinitrobenzene sulfonate (TNBS). The whole procedure of the assay was performed in the microtiter plate wells and the increase in the absorbance resulting from the reaction between TNBS and newly formed amino groups in the substrate was able to be determined with a high sensitivity by a microtiter plate reader, enabling the simultaneous measurement of a number of samples. Application of this method to the measurement of proteolytic activity contained in the protein extract of Tapes philippinarum is demonstrated.