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Virology. 1991 Nov;185(1):90-8.

Expression of minute virus of mice major nonstructural protein in insect cells: purification and identification of ATPase and helicase activities.

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Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


The gene encoding the major nonstructural (NS-1) protein of minute virus of mice (MVM) has been expressed in insect cells using a baculovirus expression system. This 83-kDa polypeptide was found to be localized in the soluble (cytosolic) fraction in insect cells, in contrast with the nuclear localization of NS-1 expressed in MVM-infected mouse LA-9 cells. The protein was purified by immunoaffinity chromatography using a monoclonal antibody (MAb) prepared to an NS-1 fusion peptide [(Yeung et al., Virology 185, 35-45 (1991)]. Recombinant NS-1 was eluted using either low pH or a synthetic peptide corresponding to the epitope of the MAb. The peptide-eluted material is greater than 95% pure and biologically active in that it has ATPase activity and ATP-dependent helicase activity as determined by a strand displacement assay.

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