SUMMARY: Incubation of either I-labelled or unlabelled with enzymically active preparations of human polymorphonuclear leucocyte lysosomal cathepsin G revealed that surface-exposed outer-membrane proteins were susceptible to proteolytic modification. Electroimmunoblotting experiments confirmed that outer-membrane protein III (PIII) and the major iron-regulated protein (MIRP), two conserved gonococcal proteins, were cleaved by cathepsin G. A direct relationship was observed between susceptibility to the antibacterial properties of cathepsin G and cleavage of PIII among isogenic strains differing in their level of resistance to the bactericidal activity of cathepsin G. Although the antibacterial property of cathepsin G is known to be independent of serine-esterase activity, the data suggest that gonococcal outer-membrane proteins are involved in the binding of cathepsin G, and that variation in the level of resistance reflects the degree to which target outer-membrane proteins such as PIII are exposed.


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