Characterisation of Aspergillus niger prolyl aminopeptidase

E.J.W. Basten, A.P.H.A. Moers, A.J.J. van Ooyen, P.J. Schaap

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We have cloned a gene (papA) that encodes a prolyl aminopeptidase from Aspergillus niger. Homologous genes are present in the genomes of the Eurotiales A. nidulans, A. fumigatus and Talaromyces emersonii, but the gene is not present in the genome of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Cell extracts of strains overexpressing the gene under the control of its own promoter showed a fourfold to sixfold increase in prolyl aminopeptidase activity, but no change in phenylalanine or leucine aminopeptidase activity. The overexpressed enzyme was subsequently purified and characterised. The enzyme specifically removes N-terminal proline and hydroxyproline residues from peptides. It is the first enzyme of its kind from a eukaryotic organism that has been characterised
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-679
JournalMolecular Genetics and Genomics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • proline iminopeptidase gene
  • subsp bulgaricus cnrz-397
  • campestris pv. citri
  • oligopeptidase family
  • serratia-marcescens
  • bacillus-coagulans
  • expressed enzyme
  • cloning
  • identification
  • mutagenesis

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