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Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences



Amidation of the carboxyl terminal of many peptides is essential for full biological potency, often increasing receptor binding and stability. The single enzyme responsible for this reaction is peptidylglycine α-amidating monooxygenase (PAM: EC, a copper- and ascorbate-dependent Type I membrane protein.


To make large amounts of high molecular weight amidated product, Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were engineered to express exogenous PAM. To vary access of the enzyme to its substrate, exogenous PAM was targeted to the endoplasmic reticulum, trans-Golgi network, endosomes and lysosomes or to the lumen of the secretory pathway.


PAM was equally active when targeted to each intracellular location and assayed in homogenates. Immunocytochemical analyses of CHO cells and a pituitary cell line demonstrated that targeting of exogenous PAM was partially successful. PAM substrates generated by expressing peptidylglycine substrates (glucagon-like peptide 1-Gly, peptide YY-Gly and neuromedin U-Gly) fused to the C-terminus of immunoglobulin Fc in CHO cell lines producing targeted PAM. The extent of amidation of the Fc-peptides was determined by mass spectrometry and amidation-specific enzyme immunoassays. Amidation was inhibited by copper chelation, but was not enhanced by the addition of additional copper or ascorbate.


Peptide amidation was increased over endogenous levels by exogenous PAM, and targeting PAM to the endoplasmic reticulum or trans-Golgi network increased peptide amidation compared to endogenous CHO PAM.


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BMC Biotechnology 2015, 15:95 doi:10.1186/s12896-015-0210-4

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