A unique Kex2-like endoprotease from Drosophila melanogaster is expressed in the central nervous system during early embryogenesis.

Complementary DNA sequences were cloned from a Drosophila library encoding a 1,101 amino acid polypeptide that we have named dKLIP-1. The deduced protein is structurally similar to the yeast KEX2 prohormone endoprotease including the conserved Asp, His, and Ser catalytic triad residues characteristic of the subtilisin family. When coexpressed in vivo with… CONTINUE READING