Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.495, No.3, 2235-2241, 2018
Identification and characterization of a novel prolyl oligopeptidase in filarial parasite Setaria cervi
A 75 kDa serine protease having prolyl oligopeptidase activity has been purified from Setaria cervi, a bovine filarial parasite. The MALDI-MS/MS analysis of the purified protein revealed 6 peptides showing nearest match S9A (prolyl oligopeptidase) family protein from Plesiocystis pacifica. The ScPOP was found to be unique compared to mammalian POP with respect to its kinetic properties. To elucidate its role, filarial parasites were exposed to specific inhibitor of POP, Z-Pro-prolinal (ZPP) for 8 h. The inhibition of POP induced calcium signaling via phospholipase c stimulation which further triggered mitochondrial mediated apoptosis in filarial parasites. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.