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Protein Expr Purif. 2011 Aug;78(2):181-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pep.2011.02.012. Epub 2011 Feb 26.

Expression, purification and characterization of isoforms of peripheral stalk subunits of human V-ATPase.

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Department of Biological Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda-shi, Chiba 278-8510, Japan.


The vacuolar-type H+-ATPase (V-ATPase) is a multi-subunit proton pump that is involved in both intra- and extracellular acidification processes throughout human body. Subunits constituting the peripheral stalk of the V-ATPase are known to have several isoforms responsible for tissue/cell specific different physiological roles. To study the different interaction of these isoforms, we expressed and purified the isoforms of human V-ATPase peripheral stalk subunits using Escherichia coli cell-free protein synthesis system: E1, E2, G1, G2, G3, C1, C2, H and N-terminal soluble part of a1 and a2 isoforms. The purification conditions were different depending on the isoforms, maybe reflecting the isoform specific biochemical characteristics. The purified proteins are expected to facilitate further experiments to study about the cell specific interaction and regulation and thus provide insight into physiological meaning of the existence of several isoforms of each subunit in V-ATPase.

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