Papain-inhibitory activity of oryzacystatin, a rice seed cysteine proteinase inhibitor, depends on the central Gln-Val-Val-Ala-Gly region conserved among cystatin superfamily members.

@article{Arai1991PapaininhibitoryAO,
  title={Papain-inhibitory activity of oryzacystatin, a rice seed cysteine proteinase inhibitor, depends on the central Gln-Val-Val-Ala-Gly region conserved among cystatin superfamily members.},
  author={Soichi Arai and Hirofumi Watanabe and Hidemasa Kondo and Y. Emori and Keiko Abe},
  journal={Journal of biochemistry},
  year={1991},
  volume={109 2},
  pages={294-8}
}
Oryzacystatin, a cysteine proteinase inhibitor occurring in rice seeds, contains a particular glycine residue (Gly5) near the NH2-terminal position, and the sequence Gln53-Val54-Val55-Ala56-Gly57 in a central part of the molecule. Both are conserved among most members of the cystatin superfamily. We have found from Escherichia coli expression studies that the NH2-terminal 21 residues of oryzacystatin are not essential for its papain-inhibitory activity, and that the conserved pentapeptide… CONTINUE READING

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