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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.86  suppl.2 Rio de Janeiro  1991 

Proteinase inhibitors in Brazilian leguminosae

C. A. M. Sampaio1 

M. L. V. Oliva2 

A. S. Tanaka1 

M. U. Sampaio1 

Escola Paulista de Medicina, Departamento de Bioquímica, São Paulo, Brasil

UFMS, Instituto de Química, Departamento de Química, Campo Grande, Brasil


Serine proteinase inhitors, in the seeds of several Leguminosae from the Pantanal region (West Brazil), were studied using bovine trypsin, a digestive enzyme, Factor XIIa and human plasma Kallikrein, two blood clotting factors. The inhibitors were purified from Enterolobium contortisiliquum (Mr=23,000), Torresea cearensis (Mr = 13,000), Bauhinia pentandra (Mr = 20,000) and Bauhinia bauhinioides (Mr = 20,000). E. contortisiliquum inhibitor inactivates all three enzymes, whereas the T. cearensis inhibitor inactivates trypsin and Factor XSSa, but does nor affect plasma kallikrein; both Bauhinia inhibitors, on the other hand, inactivate trypsin and plasma kallikrein but only the Bpentandra inhibitor affects Factor XIIa. Ki values were calculated between 10 [raised to the power of] -7 and 10 [raised to the power of] -8 M.


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