[en] carbon isotopes ; carboxypeptidases/antagonists & inhibitors ; chromatography ; chromatography paper ; chromatography thin layer ; electrophoresis paper ; kinetics ; oligopeptides chemical synthesis/pharmacology ; optical rotation ; streptomyces/drug effects/enzymology ; ion exchange
[en] 1. Peptides that inhibit the dd-carboxypeptidases from Streptomyces strains albus G and R61 were synthesized. They are close analogues of the substrates of these enzymes. The enzymes from albus G and R61 strains are in general inhibited by the same peptides, but the enzyme from strain R39 differs considerably. 2. The two C-terminal residues of the peptide substrates and inhibitors appear to be mainly responsible for the initial binding of the substrate to the enzymes from albus G and R61 strains. The side chain in the third residue from the C-terminus seems critical in inducing catalytic activity. 3. Experimental evidence is presented suggesting that the amide bond linking the two C-terminal residues has a cis configuration when bound to the enzymes from strains albus G and R61. 4. The peptide inhibitors are not antibiotics against the same micro-organisms.