The insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-dependent IGF binding protein-4 protease secreted by cultured adult human fibroblasts was recently identified as pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A). In this study we showed that in addition to human IGFBP-4 the IGF-dependent IGFBP-4 protease also digests recombinant rat IGFBP-4 into two fragments by specifically cleaving at the carboxyl-terminal side of methionine at position 131 for rat IGFBP-4. Thus the cleavage site is at the KMKV site, which is not represented in other IGFBPs. While kallikrein may cleave at this site, its action is not specific.
- IGFBP-4 protease
- Mass spectrometry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism