IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: β-peptidyl aminopeptidase

Reaction: Cleaves N-terminal β-homoamino acids from peptides composed of 2 to 6 amino acids

Other name(s): BapA (ambiguous)

Comments: Sphingosinicella xenopeptidilytica strain 3-2W4 is able to utilize the β-peptides β-homoVal-β-homoAla-β-homoLeu and β-homoAla-β-homoLeu as sole carbon and energy sources [2].

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1. Heck, T., Limbach, M., Geueke, B., Zacharias, M., Gardiner, J., Kohler, H.P. and Seebach, D. Enzymatic degradation of β- and mixed α,β-oligopeptides. Chem. Biodivers. 3 (2006) 1325-1348. [PMID: 17193247]

2. Geueke, B., Namoto, K., Seebach, D. and Kohler, H.P. A novel β-peptidyl aminopeptidase (BapA) from strain 3-2W4 cleaves peptide bonds of synthetic β-tri- and β-dipeptides. J. Bacteriol. 187 (2005) 5910-5917. [PMID: 16109932]

3. Geueke, B., Heck, T., Limbach, M., Nesatyy, V., Seebach, D. and Kohler, H.P. Bacterial β-peptidyl aminopeptidases with unique substrate specificities for β-oligopeptides and mixed β,α-oligopeptides. FEBS J. 273 (2006) 5261-5272. [PMID: 17064315]

4. Heck, T., Kohler, H.P., Limbach, M., Flögel, O., Seebach, D. and Geueke, B. Enzyme-catalyzed formation of β-peptides: β-peptidyl aminopeptidases BapA and DmpA acting as β-peptide-synthesizing enzymes. Chem. Biodivers. 4 (2007) 2016. [PMID: 17886858]

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