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Nomenclature for enkephalin degrading peptidases.

Authors
  • Hersh, L B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Life Sciences
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 31, 1986
Volume
38
Issue
13
Pages
1151–1153
Identifiers
PMID: 3515092
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The use of trivial names for enkephalin degrading peptidases such as "aminoenkephalinase" and "carboxyenkephalinase" imply a specificity and cellular localization which is not inherent in any of the peptidases implicated in the degradation of endogenous enkephalins. Rather than name these enzymes on the basis of one of their many substrates, it is proposed that they be named according to their general reaction type. Such a nomenclature has already been proposed for the enkephalin degrading endopeptidase 24.11 given the trivial name "enkephalinase".

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