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The primary sequence of trypsin inhibitor-2 (WBTI-2) from Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) DC seeds was determined. This inhibitor consists of a single polypeptide chain of 182 amino acids, including four half-cystine residues, and an N-terminal residue of pyroglutamic acid. The sequence of WBTI-2 showed 57% identity to the basic trypsin inhibitor (WBTI-3) and 50% identity to the chymotrypsin inhibitor (WBCI) of winged bean, and 54% identity to the trypsin inhibitor DE-3 from Erythrina latissima seed. The similarity to the soybean Kunitz trypsin inhibitor (40%) and the other Kunitz-type inhibitors from Adenanthera pavonina (30%) and wheat (26%) was much lower. Sequence comparisons indicate that the Psophocarpus and Erythrina inhibitors are more closely related to each other than to other members of the Kunitz inhibitor family.


J B Caldwell, P M Strike, A A Kortt. Amino acid sequence of the acidic Kunitz-type trypsin inhibitor from winged-bean seed [Psophocarpus tetragonolobus (L.) DC]. Journal of protein chemistry. 1990 Aug;9(4):493-9

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PMID: 1980416

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