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Title: Optimized expression, solubilization and purification of nuclear inclusion protein b of Cardamom mosaic virus
Authors: Jebasingh, T
Jacob, T
Shah, M
Das, D
Krishnaswamy, S
Usha, R
Keywords: RNA-dependent RNA polymerase
Nuclear inclusion b protein
Cardamom mosaic virus
Inclusion bodies
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: All RNA viruses encode an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP) that is required for replication of the viral genome. Nuclear inclusion b (NIb) gene codes for the RdRp in Potyviridae viruses. In this study, expression, solubilization and purification of NIb protein of Cardamom mosaic virus (CdMV) is reported. The objective of the present study was to express and purify the NIb protein of CdMV on a large scale for structural characterization, as the structure of the RdRp from a plant virus is yet to be determined. However, the expression of NIb protein with hexa-histidine tag in Escherichia coli led to insoluble aggregates. Out of all the approaches [making truncated versions to reduce the size of protein; replacing an amino acid residue likely to be involved in hydrophobic intermolecular interactions with a hydrophilic one; expressing the protein along with chaperones; expression in Origami cells for proper disulphide bond formation, in E. coli as a fusion with maltose-binding protein (MBP) and in Nicotiana tabacum] to obtain the RdRp in a soluble form, only expression in E. coli as a fusion with MBP and its expression in N. tabacum were successful. The NIb expressed in plant or as a fusion with MBP in E. coli can be scaled up for further work.
Page(s): 98-105
ISSN: 0301-1208
Source:IJBB Vol.45(2) [April 2008]

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