Enzymic characterization with progress curve analysis of a collagen peptidase from an enthomopathogenic bacterium, Photorhabdus luminescens

Judit Marokházi, György Kóczán, Ferenc Hudecz, László Gráf, András Fodor, István Venekei

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A proteolytic enzyme, Php-B (Photorhabdus protease B), was purified from the entomopathogenic bacterium, Photorhabdus luminescens. The enzyme is intracellular, and its molecular mass is 74 kDa. Tested on various peptide and oligopeptide substrates, Php-B hydrolysed only oligopeptides, with significant activity against bradykinin and a 2-furylacryloyl-blocked peptide, FuaLGPA (2-furylacryloyl-Leu-Gly-Pro-Ala; kcat = 3.6 × 102 s-1, Km = 5.B × 10-5 M-1, pH optimum approx. 7.0). The pKa1 and the pKa2 values of the enzyme activity (6.1 and 7.9 respectively), as well as experiments with enzyme inhibitors and bivalent metal ions, suggest that the activity of Php-B is dependent on histidine and cysteine residues, but not on serine residues, and that it is a metalloprotease, which most probably uses Zn2+ as a catalytic ion. The enzyme's ability to cleave oligopeptides that contain a sequence similar to collagen repeat (-Pro-Xaa-Gly-), bradykinin and Fua-LGPA (a synthetic substrate for bacterial collagenases and collagen peptidases), but not native collagens (types I and IV) or denatured collagen (gelatin), indicates that Php-B is probably a collagen peptidase, the first enzyme of this type to be identified in an insect pathogen, that might have a role in the nutrition of P. luminescens by degrading small collagen fragments. For the determination of enzyme kinetic constants, we fitted a numerically integrated Michaelis-Menten model to the experimental progress curves. Since this approach has not been used before in the characterization of proteases that are specific for the P1′-P4′ substrate sites (e.g. collagenolytic enzymes), we present a comparison of this method with more conventional ones. The results confirm the reliability of the numerical integration method in the kinetic analysis of collagen-peptide-hydrolysing enzymes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-640
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2004


  • Collagen peptidase
  • Metallopeptidase
  • Numerical simulation
  • Photorhabdus luminescens
  • Progress curve analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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