Aminopeptidases of the Genus Streptomyces

Ljubinka Vitale*

Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička c. 54, HR-10001 Zagreb, Croatia

Article history:

Received January 19, 1999
Accepted February 15, 1999

Key words:

Streptomyces, aminopeptidase, physiological role, utilization


This review surveys aminopeptidases from various Streptomyces species, which have been studied so far. Leucine preferring, basic amino acids preferring, proline specific, dipeptidyl, tripeptidyl and antibiotic altering aminopeptidases are described. Their physico-chemical characteristics, catalytic properties and available structure elements are compared with the data for aminopeptidases from other bacteria. Possible physiological role of these enzymes is deduced, and prospects for their utilization are presented. 

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