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Detection of arginine-ADP-ribosylated protein using recombinant ADP-ribosylarginine hydrolase.

We made use of ADP-ribosylarginine hydrolase to detect arginine-ADP- ribosylated proteins. The hydrolase was expressed in Escherichia coli as a protein fused with glutathione S-transferase ( GST). The fusion protein GST- ADP-ribosylarginine hydrolase catalyzed the hydrolysis of alpha-ADP-ribosylarginine to produce ADP-ribose and arginine. Casein ADP-ribosylated with [32P]NAD and chicken heterophil arginine-specific ADP-ribosyltransferase served as a substrate for the recombinant ADP-ribosylarginine hydrolase and the released ADP-ribose was determined. Protein ADP-ribosylated by cholera toxin could serve as substrate of the hydrolase but protein ADP-ribosylated by pertussis toxin, diphtheria toxin, or C(3) enzyme of Clostridium botulinum could not. The hydrolase did not release the radioactivity incorporated into isolated rat liver nuclei incubated with [(32)P]NAD or in bovine brain cytosol incubated with [(32)P]ADP-ribose. In homogenate of mouse heart which contained arginine-specific ADP-ribosyltransferase, labeling of a 55-kDa protein by incubation with [(32)P]NAD was removed by ADP-ribosylarginine hydrolase treatment; hence, the specific hydrolysis of ADP-ribose-arginine bond by GST- ADP-ribosylarginine hydrolase can be used to detect the arginine-ADP-ribosylated proteins in crude preparations. Arginine--ADP-ribosylated proteins in crude preparations. Arginine-ADP-ribosylated proteins in mouse spleen lymphocytes were identified using this method.[1]


  1. Detection of arginine-ADP-ribosylated protein using recombinant ADP-ribosylarginine hydrolase. Ohno, T., Tsuchiya, M., Osago, H., Hara, N., Jidoi, J., Shimoyama, M. Anal. Biochem. (1995) [Pubmed]
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