Kinetic data for alternative substrates of recombinant trypanothione reductase from Trypanosoma cruzi were measured for a series of N-substituted-L-cysteinylglycyl-3-dimethylaminopropylamides, in which the cysteine N-substituent was either a variant of the benzyloxycarbonyl group or was L-phenylalanine or L-tryptophan. Replacing the benzylic ether oxygen atom by CH2 or NH had relatively minor effects on kcat, but raised the value of Km 4.5- and 10-fold, respectively. Similarly, relative to the carbobenzoxy group, an N-L-phenylalanyl or N-L-tryptophanyl replacement on the cysteine hardly altered kcat, but increased Km values by 16.6 and 7.4 fold, respectively. These observations were consistent with the Km values referring primarily to binding for this series of nonspecific substrates.
- Amino acids