C-terminal propeptide of the Caldariomyces fumago chloroperoxidase: an intramolecular chaperone?

TitleC-terminal propeptide of the Caldariomyces fumago chloroperoxidase: an intramolecular chaperone?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsConesa, A, Weelink, G, van den Hondel, CA, Punt, PJ
JournalFEBS Lett
KeywordsAmino Acid Sequence Ascomycota/*enzymology/genetics Aspergillus niger/genetics Base Sequence Chloride Peroxidase/biosynthesis/*chemistry/genetics DNA Primers/genetics Enzyme Precursors/biosynthesis/chemistry/genetics Gene Expression Molecular Chaperones/b

The Caldariomyces fumago chloroperoxidase (CPO) is synthesised as a 372-aa precursor which undergoes two proteolytic processing events: removal of a 21-aa N-terminal signal peptide and of a 52-aa C-terminal propeptide. The Aspergillus niger expression system developed for CPO was used to get insight into the function of this C-terminal propeptide. A. niger transformants expressing a CPO protein from which the C-terminal propeptide was deleted failed in producing any extracellular CPO activity, although the CPO polypeptide was synthesised. Expression of the full-length gene in an A. niger strain lacking the KEX2-like protease PclA also resulted in the production of CPO cross-reactive material into the culture medium, but no CPO activity. Based on these results, a function of the C-terminal propeptide in CPO maturation is indicated.


Conesa, A Weelink, G van den Hondel, C A Punt, P J Netherlands FEBS letters FEBS Lett. 2001 Aug 17;503(2-3):117-20.