Carboxypeptidase B2 (IPR033849)

Short name: CPB2

Overlapping homologous superfamilies


Domain relationships


Peptidase M14 Carboxypeptidase (CP) B2 (CPB2, also known as plasma carboxypeptidase B, carboxypeptidase U, CPU, and thrombin-activable fibrinolysis inhibitor, TAFI; MEROPS identifier M14.009; EC:, belongs to the carboxpeptidase A/B subfamily of the M14 family of metallocarboxypeptidases (MCPs). The M14 family are zinc-binding CPs which hydrolyze single, C-terminal amino acids from polypeptide chains, and have a recognition site for the free C-terminal carboxyl group, which is a key determinant of specificity.

CPB2 enzyme displays B-like activity; it only cleaves the basic residues lysine or arginine. It is produced and secreted by the liver as the inactive precursor, procarboxypeptidase U or PCPB2, commonly referred to as thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI). It circulates in plasma as a zymogen bound to plasminogen, and the active enzyme, TAFIa, inhibits fibrinolysis. It is highly regulated; increased TAFI concentrations are thought to increase the risk of thrombosis and coronary artery disease by reducing fibrinolytic activity while low TAFI levels have been correlated with chronic liver disease [PMID: 16268459,PMID: 15313141,PMID: 11802720].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0042730 fibrinolysis

Molecular Function

GO:0004181 metallocarboxypeptidase activity

Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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