Amino acid sequence of chicken liver cathepsin L

Kenji WADA, Toshiyuki TAKAI, Tadashi TANABE

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The complete amino acid sequences of the heavy and light chains of chicken liver cathepsin L have been determined by automated gas‐phase Edman degradation. The heavy and light chains contained 176 and 42 amino acid residues respectively. A glucosamine‐based oligosaccharide group was attached to Asn‐109 of the heavy chain. Chicken liver cathepsin L had high sequence homology with rat cathepsin H, but exhibited less similarity with rat cathepsin B. Comparisons of cathepsin L with plant cysteine proteinases, such as papain, actinidin and aleurain, reveal high degree of homology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1987 Aug


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