Mass spectrometry reveals elastase inhibitors from the reactive centre loop of alpha1-antitrypsin.
Wright PA., Rostom AA., Robinson CV., Schofield CJ.
Peptides derived from the reactive centre loop of alpha1-antitrypsin, a serpin, were screened as potential elastase inhibitors by mass spectrometry. An octapeptide, MFLEAIPM, formed a 'stable' ternary complex with porcine elastase: one MFLEAIPM molecule reacted covalently with loss of water, whilst an additional peptide was bound non-covalently. Kinetic analyses suggested that MFLEAIPM may act as an uncompetitive inhibitor and that the activity was associated with the four N-terminal residues.