Mass spectrometric screening reveals that an unmodified natural heptapeptide--human beta-casomorphin-7, an internal sequence of human beta-casein that possesses opioid-like activity--reacts with porcine pancreatic elastase to form an unusually stable acyl-enzyme complex at low pH. X-ray crystallographic analysis (to 1.9 A resolution) at pH 5 shows continuous electron density linking the C-terminal isoleucine of beta-casomorphin-7 to Ser 195 through an ester bond. The structure reveals a well ...Expand abstract
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Structure of a specific acyl-enzyme complex formed between beta-casomorphin-7 and porcine pancreatic elastase.
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