A specific and sensitive assay has been established for measurement of endothelin converting activity in a tissue extract. This assay is based on measuring endothelin-1 generated from big endothelin-1 by endothelin converting enzyme (ECE) with radioimmunoassay using an endothelin C-terminal specific antibody. By using this assay, we purified and characterized ECE in bovineadrenomedullary chromaffin granules. ECE was purified over 3,000 times by a combination of DEAE, hydrophobic and gel filtration chromatography. A molecular weight of ECE was estimated to be approximately 30,000 by gel filtration. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis revealed that ECE had three major components with estimated molecular weights of 45,000, 30,000 and 15,000 like bovine spleen cathepsin D. ECE had a pH optimum at 3.5 and was inhibited by pepstatin. These results strongly suggest that ECE is a cathepsin D-like aspartic protease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - May 16 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology