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Expression and purification of a recombinant DNA-binding domain of ADR6 protein from Escherichia coli and its secondary structure characterization.

From Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a piece of ADR6 gene that encodes a DNA-binding domain of ADR6 protein was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. With Ni-chelating column and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), This recombinant protein (RDB-ADR6) could reach more than 95% purity. The molecular weight (MW) of RDB-ADR6 is 13405 Da with mass spectra technique containing 114 amino acid residues. Structural aspects of RDB-ADR6 were examined by spectroscopic techniques. It contains approximately 25% alpha-helix and 24% beta-turn both with circular dichroism (CD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Percent of beta-sheet differs between these two methods in that 22% in CD while 35% in FTIR. RDB-ADR6 contains only one tryptophan residue. Fluorescence studies show that this residue may lie in a hydrophobic circumstance either on or near the surface of the molecule. This was confirmed by a blue shift of 20 nm in the fluorescence emission spectrum as compared to the protein in 6 M guanidine hydrochloride (GuHCl) and by quenching studies with KI. Effects of different pH and SDS in different concentration on the secondary structure of RDB-ADR6 were also studied. A model was obtained by comparative modeling with homologous known structure protein by program Modeller 4.[1]


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