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Protein Expr Purif. 2008 May;59(1):79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.pep.2008.01.005. Epub 2008 Jan 24.

Cloning, expression, purification and characterization of the stress kinase YeaG from Escherichia coli.

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  • 1Stress Molecules, Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS, Universite Paris 7, 2 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France.


We cloned, overexpressed and purified the Escherichia coli yeaG gene product, whose amino acid sequence displays homology to prokaryotic serine protein kinases. The gene coding for YeaG was generated by amplifying the yeaG gene from E. coli by polymerase chain reaction. It was inserted into the expression plasmid pET-21a, under the transcriptional control of the bacteriophage T7 promoter and lac operator. A BL21(DE3) E. coli strain transformed with the YeaG-expression vector pET-21a-yeaG accumulates large amounts of a soluble protein with a molecular mass of 76kDa in SDS-PAGE, which matches the expected YeaG molecular weight of 74.5kDa. YeaG, although soluble, has a marked tendency to aggregate in the absence of detergents, so that it was purified in the presence of 0.1% Triton X-100, by ion exchange chromatography and hydroxyapatite chromatography. The purified protein is monomeric and displays autokinase and casein kinase activities which are optimal in the presence of 10mM Mn(2+). The purification of the active protein kinase YeaG described in this study should allow us to characterize its biochemical target(s) in E. coli extracts.

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