Chromogranin A-processing proteinases in purified chromaffin granules: contaminants or endogenous enzymes?

Andrea Laslop, Reiner Fischer-Colbrie, Heidrun Kirschke, Ruth Hogue-Angeletti, Hans Winkler

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Abstract

It was the purpose of this study to define the chromogranin A-processing proteinases present in highly purified preparations of bovine chromaffin granules. The most active enzyme had a pH optimum of 5.0 and was inhibited by pepstatin. It could be identified immunologically as a cathepsin D-like enzyme and subcellular fractionation established its lysosomal origin. After removal of this enzyme the remaining activity at pH 5.0 was mainly due to a cathepsin B-like proteinase. The presence of this enzyme could also be attributed to lysosomal contamination. In the presence of calcium, a further proteolytic activity became apparent at pH 5.0. This enzyme which was inhibited by p-chloromercuriphenylsulfonic acid was localized in chromaffin granules. A trypsin-like peptidase, most active at pH 8.2, was enriched in a membrane wash of chromaffin granules. Subcellular fractionation indicated that this enzyme is preferentially bound to the membranes of very dense particles probably representing a subpopulation of chromaffin granules. This study establishes that the most active chromogranin A-degrading proteinases present in highly purified chromaffin granules are attributable to lysosomal contamination. Two enzymes with low activity (a Ca2+ activated proteinase and a trypsin-like enzyme) are, apparently, true constituents of chromaffin granules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalBBA - General Subjects
Volume1033
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 29 1990

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Chromaffin Granules
Chromogranin A
Peptide Hydrolases
Impurities
Enzymes
Processing
4 alpha-glucanotransferase
Trypsin
Fractionation
Contamination
Cathepsin B
Cathepsin D
Membranes
Calcium
Acids

Keywords

  • Chromaffin granule
  • Chromogranin A
  • Proteinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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Chromogranin A-processing proteinases in purified chromaffin granules : contaminants or endogenous enzymes? / Laslop, Andrea; Fischer-Colbrie, Reiner; Kirschke, Heidrun; Hogue-Angeletti, Ruth; Winkler, Hans.

In: BBA - General Subjects, Vol. 1033, No. 1, 29.01.1990, p. 65-72.

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Laslop, A, Fischer-Colbrie, R, Kirschke, H, Hogue-Angeletti, R & Winkler, H 1990, 'Chromogranin A-processing proteinases in purified chromaffin granules: contaminants or endogenous enzymes?', BBA - General Subjects, vol. 1033, no. 1, pp. 65-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/0304-4165(90)90195-3
Laslop, Andrea ; Fischer-Colbrie, Reiner ; Kirschke, Heidrun ; Hogue-Angeletti, Ruth ; Winkler, Hans. / Chromogranin A-processing proteinases in purified chromaffin granules : contaminants or endogenous enzymes?. In: BBA - General Subjects. 1990 ; Vol. 1033, No. 1. pp. 65-72.
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