N-Diazoacetyl-L-phenylalanine 3-phenyl[2,3-3H]propylamide was synthesized and shown to inhibit pepsin A (EC3,4,23.1) and cathepsin D (EC 18.104.22.168) irreversibly and stoicheiometrically in the presence of Cu2+. Quantitative separation of the inhibited enzyme from excess reagent by gel filtration followed by measurement of the radioactivity of the protein peak provided a method for determining the operational molarity of these enzymes. Several other putative active-site-directed irreversible inhibitors were synthesized, but were inactive. Data on the synthesis of these compounds have been deposited as Supplementary Publication SUP50096 (4 pages) at the British Library Lending Division, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ, U.K., from whom copies can be obtained on the terms indicated in Biochem. J. (1978) 169, 5.
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