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EMBO J. 1994 Dec 1;13(23):5517-22.

Protein splicing: an analysis of the branched intermediate and its resolution by succinimide formation.

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New England Biolabs, Inc., Beverly, MA 01915.


Protein splicing involves the excision of an internal domain from a precursor protein and the ligation of the external domains so as to generate two new proteins. Study of this process has recently been facilitated by the isolation of a precursor and a branched intermediate from a thermophilic protein splicing element expressed in a foreign protein context. Two aspects of protein splicing are examined in this paper. We demonstrate a succinimide at the C-terminus of the spliced internal protein, implicating cyclization of asparagine in resolution of the branched intermediate, and we identify an alkali-labile bond in the branched intermediate. A revised protein splicing model based on these experimental results is presented.

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