English
 
Help Privacy Policy Disclaimer
  Advanced SearchBrowse

Item

ITEM ACTIONSEXPORT

Released

Journal Article

Molecular cloning of an extracellular aspartic proteinase from Rhizopus microsporus and evidence for its expression during infection

MPS-Authors
/persons/resource/persons182258

Kratzin,  Hartmut D.
Neurogenetics, Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Max Planck Society;

External Resource
No external resources are shared
Fulltext (restricted access)
There are currently no full texts shared for your IP range.
Fulltext (public)
There are no public fulltexts stored in PuRe
Supplementary Material (public)
There is no public supplementary material available
Citation

Schoen, C., Reichard, U., Monod, M., Kratzin, H. D., & Ruchel, R. (2002). Molecular cloning of an extracellular aspartic proteinase from Rhizopus microsporus and evidence for its expression during infection. Medical Mycology, 40(1), 61-71.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-0C67-8
Abstract
An extracellular aspartic proteinase (Rmap) from Rhizopus microsporus var. rhizopodiformis was detected in the culture supernatant of a fungal isolate from a case of rhinocerebral mucormycosis (case HA). The proteinase was purified to near homogeneity by ion exchange and affinity chromatography on pepstatin agarose. Based on its N-terminus the RMAP gene was cloned and found to code for 388 amino acids. The preproenzyme has an aminoterminal leader sequence of 65 amino acids, whereas the mature enzyme consists of 323 amino acids. The deduced amino-acid sequence of the preproenzyme was 82% homologous to an extracellular aspartic proteinase of Rhizopus niveus. Low stringency Southern blot analysis of R. microsporus DNA suggested the presence of other homologous genes. Expression of Rmap in Pichia pastoris was achieved, and the recombinant enzyme was active in the yeast culture supernatant. Both enzyme preparations exhibited a similar optimum of activity in the pH 2.5 region. Furthermore, Rmap was shown to activate bovine blood coagulation factor X at slightly acidic pH in vitro. Expression of the proteinase during mycosis was proven by a specific immune response of patient HA.