Chromophoric peptide substrates for the spectrophotometric assay of HIV-1 protease. Academic Article uri icon


  • Purified HIV-1 protease hydrolyzes H-Ser-Gln-Asn-Leu-Phe(NO2)-Leu-Asp-Gly-NH2 (Peptide 1) and acetyl-Arg-Lys-Ile-Leu-Phe(NO2)-Leu-Asp-Gly-NH2 (Peptide 2) between the (p-nitro)phenylalanyl and leucyl residues. The cleavage of Peptides 1 and 2 resulted in a decrease in uv absorbance at 310 nm. The HIV-1 protease-catalyzed peptidolysis of Peptides 1 and 2 was characterized by a linear time course at substrate turnover of less than 20%. The solubilities of these substrates at pH 5.0 were sufficient to provide initial rate measurements over a concentration range of 0.05-0.5 mM. Steady-state kinetic data and inhibition constants using both spectrophotometric and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of the peptidolysis of these substrates resulted in comparable values.

published proceedings

  • Biochem Biophys Res Commun

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Tomaszek, T. A., Magaard, V. W., Bryan, H. G., Moore, M. L., & Meek, T. D.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Tomaszek, TA||Magaard, VW||Bryan, HG||Moore, ML||Meek, TD

publication date

  • January 1990