A single-step method for purification of active His-tagged ribosomes from a genetically engineered Escherichia coli
2009 (English)In: Nucleic Acids Research, ISSN 0305-1048, E-ISSN 1362-4962, Vol. 37, no 2, e15- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
With the rapid development of the ribosome field in recent years a quick, simple and high-throughput method for purification of the bacterial ribosome is in demand. We have designed a new strain of Escherichia coli (JE28) by an in-frame fusion of a nucleotide sequence encoding a hexa-histidine affinity tag at the 3-end of the single copy rplL gene (encoding the ribosomal protein L12) at the chromosomal site of the wild-type strain MG1655. As a result, JE28 produces a homogeneous population of ribosomes (His)(6)-tagged at the C-termini of all four L12 proteins. Furthermore, we have developed a single-step, high-throughput method for purification of tetra-(His)(6)-tagged 70S ribosomes from this strain using affinity chromatography. These ribosomes, when compared with the conventionally purified ones in sucrose gradient centrifugation, 2D-gel, dipeptide formation and a full-length protein synthesis assay showed higher yield and activity. We further describe how this method can be adapted for purification of ribosomal subunits and mutant ribosomes. These methodologies could, in principle, also be used to purify any functional multimeric complex from the bacterial cell.
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2009. Vol. 37, no 2, e15- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137336DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkn992ISI: 000262963400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137336DiVA: diva2:378161