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Protein Expr Purif. 2004 Jan;33(1):34-8.

Expression and purification of the recombinant SALT lectin from rice (Oryza sativa L.).

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  • 1Laboratório de Biotecnologia, Centro de Biociências e Biotecnologia, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro, Avenida Alberto Lamego 2000, CEP 28013-600, Parque California, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil.


The SALT protein is a 14.5 kDa mannose-binding lectin, originally described as preferentially expressed in rice plant roots in response to NaCl stress. Recombinant SALT lectin was produced in Escherichia coli from a cDNA clone encoding protein. After isopropyl-beta-d-thiogalactopyranoside induction, the expression level achieved was 23% of the soluble protein. The recombinant agglutinin was purified by a single-step process by dialyses against a high concentrated salt solution. After purification, hemagglutination assays of rabbit erythrocytes revealed that the recombinant SALT protein is a potent agglutinin (0.078 microg ml(-1) minimal concentration). The purified recombinant lectin was also used for comparative estimation of native protein amounts in protein extracts from rice plants by Western blot assay.

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