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Protein Expr Purif. 1999 Jun;16(1):125-35.

Heterologous expression of 5'-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase from the archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus: characterization of the recombinant protein and involvement of disulfide bonds in thermophilicity and thermostability.

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Istituto di Biochimica delle Macromolecole, Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Via Costantinopoli 16, Naples, 80138, Italy.


The gene for the extremely thermophilic and thermostable 5'-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase from the archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus was expressed at a high level in Escherichia coli thus providing a basis for detailed structural and functional studies of the enzyme. The recombinant enzyme was purified to homogeneity by means of a heat treatment (10 min at 100 degrees C) and by a single affinity chromatography step. The appropriate expression vector and host strain were selected and the culture conditions were determined that would ensure a consistent yield of 6 mg of pure enzyme per liter of culture. The heterologously expressed enzyme is identical to the original S. solfataricus 5'-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase regarding molecular weight, substrate specificity, and the presence of intersubunit disulfide bonds. On the other hand, the recombinant 5'-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase is less thermophilic and thermostable than the S. solfataricus enzyme, since an incorrect positioning of disulfide bonds within the molecule generates structures less stable to thermal unfolding.

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