Published by Springer-Verlag on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies
European Journal of Biochemistry vol:144 issue:3 pages:541-544
The catalytic efficiency (kcat/Km) of high-molecular-mass urokinase for the activation of Glu-plasminogen is increased about 10-fold in the presence of CNBr-digested fibrinogen. This stimulation is similar to that observed with 6-aminohexanoic acid, and yields kinetic parameters comparable to those for the activation of Lys-plasminogen by urokinase. The increase of the activation rate of Glu-plasminogen by urokinase in the presence of CNBr-Fg can thus be explained by a conformational change in the plasminogen molecule similar to that observed upon conversion of Glu-plasminogen to Lys-plasminogen and upon binding of 6-aminohexanoic acid to Glu-plasminogen. Stabilization of the Michaelis complex between urokinase and plasminogen by formation of a cyclic ternary complex with CNBr-Fg, which has been invoked to explain the dramatic stimulatory effect of CNBr-Fg on the activation of plasminogen by tissue-type plasminogen activator, does not appear to play a significant role in the increased activation rate.