Biochemistry (Moscow)

, 73:332 | Cite as

Brain cathepsin B cleaves a caspase substrate

  • A. A. Yakovlev
  • A. Yu. Gorokhovatsky
  • M. V. Onufriev
  • I. P. Beletsky
  • N. V. GulyaevaEmail author


We show that an enzyme exists in rat brain capable of cleaving the caspase-3 specific peptide substrate Ac-DEVD-AMC at low pH. The enzyme shows properties of a cysteine protease and is localized, predominantly, in lysosomes. We have purified this enzyme from rat brain and identified it by MALDI-TOF MS. The enzyme possessing “acidic” DEVDase activity in rat brain appears to be cathepsin B. It remains obscure, whether cathepsin B participates in cleavage of caspase-3 substrates in vivo. We suggest that under certain conditions (e.g. in hypoxia) cathepsin B participates in cleavage of caspase-3 substrates in brain cells.

Key words

caspase-3 cathepsin B Ac-DEVD-AMC 









matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization with time-of-flight mass spectrometry


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Yakovlev
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Yu. Gorokhovatsky
    • 3
  • M. V. Onufriev
    • 1
  • I. P. Beletsky
    • 2
  • N. V. Gulyaeva
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and NeurophysiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Theoretical and Experimental BiophysicsRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Pushchino BranchRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia

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