Catalysis of a protein folding reaction: thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of subtilisin BPN' interactions with its propeptide fragment.

The in vivo folding of subtilisin is dependent on a 77 amino acid propeptide, which is eventually cleaved from the N-terminus of subtilisin to create the 275 amino acid mature form of the enzyme (Ikemura et al., 1987). We have cloned, expressed, and purified large quantities of the 77 amino acid subtilisin propeptide. This has enabled us to characterize its… CONTINUE READING