Fisheries Science

, 75:1439 | Cite as

A serine proteinase from the sarcoplasmic fraction of red sea bream Pagrus major is possibly derived from blood

  • Asami Yoshida
  • Inwoo Bae
  • Hiroko Sonoda
  • Min-Jie Cao
  • Katsuyasu Tachibana
  • Kiyoshi Osatomi
  • Kenji HaraEmail author
Original Article Chemistry and Biochemistry


Collagen degradation is known to be involved in the post mortem tenderization of fish muscle. A serine proteinase that is assumed to be related to collagen degradation after fish death was purified from the sarcoplasmic fraction of red sea bream Pagrus major by ammonium sulfate fractionation and column chromatography on Sephacryl S-300, Q Sepharose and Phenyl Sepharose CL-4B. The enzyme hydrolyzed gelatin and was obtained as a protein band of approximately 38 kDa upon sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis under reducing conditions. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the enzyme was determined for 32 residues. A protein that had the same N-terminal amino acid sequence as the enzyme for ten residues was purified from the serum of red sea bream and showed the same characteristics as the enzyme. Therefore, it is suggested that the serine proteinase migrates from the blood to muscle and degrades muscle proteins after the death of the fish.


Gelatinolytic enzyme Muscle Red sea bream Serum Serine proteinase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asami Yoshida
    • 1
  • Inwoo Bae
    • 1
  • Hiroko Sonoda
    • 2
  • Min-Jie Cao
    • 3
  • Katsuyasu Tachibana
    • 2
  • Kiyoshi Osatomi
    • 2
  • Kenji Hara
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Graduate School of Science and TechnologyNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of FisheriesNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan
  3. 3.College of Biological Engineering, The Key Laboratory of Science and Technology for Aquaculture and Food SafetyJimei UniversityXiamenChina

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