Characterization and affinity purification of juvenile hormone esterase from Bombyx mori

Takahiro Shiotsuki, Bryony C. Bonning, Makoto Hirai, Kyoko Kikuchi, Bruce D. Hammock

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Juvenile hormone esterase (JHE) from hemolymph of the silkworm moth Bombyx mon was characterized for substrate specificity and inhibitor sensitivity. B. mori JHE hydrolyzed the juvenile hormone surrogate substrate methyl n-heptylthioacetothioate (HEPTAT) more efficiently than p-nitrophenyl acetate and 1-naphthyl acetate substrates widely used to assay total carboxylesterase activity. B. mori JHE was sensitive to 3-octylthio-1,1,1-trifluoro-2-propanone (OTFP), which was developed as a selective inhibitor for lepidopteran JHE, and relatively insensitive to diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP), an inhibitor of serine esterases but not of all JHEs. Affinity purification with a trifluoromethyl ketone ligand was more efficient for purification of B. mori JHE than DEAE ion exchange chromatography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1681-1687
Number of pages7
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2000


  • Affinity purification
  • Bombyx mori
  • Juvenile hormone esterase
  • Transition-state analog
  • Trifluoromethyl ketone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering


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