Proteolytic enzymes as probes for the triple-helical conformation of procollagen. Academic Article uri icon


  • Type I procollagen was thermally denatured and partially refolded by cooling to 20C. The partially refolded protein was then used as a model system for testing proteolytic enzymes as probes for quantitative assay of fully aligned triple-helical molecules. Pepsin and chymotrypsin both digested fully denatured procollagen. However, digestion times of greater than 60 min were required, even with a large molar excess of the proteinases. These enzymes therefore are only useful for examining the folding of procollagen under conditions in which the process occurs at a slow rate. In contrast, trypsin cleaved the collagen domain of denatured procollagen within 2 min. Trypsin did not efficiently remove the precursor specific peptides, and therefore a mixture of chymotrypsin and trypsin was employed as an appropriate proteolytic probe for triple-helical conformation. 1981.

published proceedings

  • Anal Biochem

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Bruckner, P., & Prockop, D. J.

citation count

  • 302

complete list of authors

  • Bruckner, P||Prockop, DJ

publication date

  • January 1981