New substrates of papain, based on the conserved sequence of natural inhibitors of the cystatin family.

A series of peptide substrates with different fluorogenic leaving groups has been synthesized. The peptide moiety in these substrates mimics a highly conserved sequence (QVVAG) in the natural reversible inhibitors of cysteine proteinases, the cystatins, that participates to the tight binding of target proteinases. This sequence is invariably cleaved at the… (More)