An acidic protein of human saliva, which we named SAP-1 previously, is now shown to be an inhibitor of several cysteine proteinases. The protein inhibited papain and ficin strongly, and stem bromelain and bovine cathepsin C partially. However, it did not inhibit either porcine cathepsin B or clostripain. The mode of the inhibition of papain was found to be… (More)
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