The influence of molecular size and pH on the macrocationic inhibition of pepsin by polylysine.


Polylysines of 7-371 lysine residues inhibited pepsin over the pH range 3.6-5.0 in a system using azocoll as substrate. Tetralysine was inactive. An almost 1:1 molar ratio with pepsin gave maximum inhibition for a polylysine containing 59 lysine residues but increase in polylysine molecular size beyond this size was not accompanied by increase in activity… (More)