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Biotechniques. 1999 Jul;27(1):110-4, 116, 118-20.

Purification of proteins fused to either the amino or carboxy terminus of the Mycobacterium xenopi gyrase A intein.

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New England Biolabs, Beverly, MA, USA.


The Mycobacterium xenopi gyrase A mini-intein has been engineered to yield a controllable N-terminal or C-terminal, single-splice-junction autocleavage element. When combined with an affinity tag, these modified mini-inteins can be used to purify target proteins after a single combined chromatography/cleavage step. Cleavage at the intein N terminus was induced with thiol reagents, while cleavage at the intein C terminus was induced by a temperature shift to 16 degrees-25 degrees C. Different preferences for the residue immediately preceding the intein were observed during thiol-induced, N-terminal splice-junction cleavage of the M. xenopi gyrase A mini-intein vs. the Saccharomyces cerevisiae vacuolar ATPase, subunit A (VMA) intein present in the IMPACT purification system. Furthermore, the M. xenopi gyrase A mini-intein C-terminal autocleavage vector allows isolation of polypeptides with N-terminal cysteine residues that are active in the Intein Mediated Protein Ligation method of protein semisynthesis.

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