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Isolation and stability of histidine-tagged proteins produced in plants via potyvirus gene vectors.

A system for the expression and purification of histidine-tagged proteins from plants has been developed using a tobacco etch potyvirus (TEV)-derived gene vectors. The vectors offered a convenient polylinker and a choice of histidine tagging at the recombinant proteins' N or C termini. These vectors were utilized for expression of proteins encoded by beet yellows closterovirus (BYV). Approximately 4 micrograms/g of 20-kDa BYV protein was readily isolated from plants systemically infected by hybrid TEV. In contrast, only minute quantities of 22-kDa BYV capsid protein ( CP) histidine-tagged at its N or C terminus could be purified. Rapid degradation of the recombinant CP has been implicated in its failure to accumulate in infected plants. Fusion with TEV HC-Pro stabilized the histidine-tagged BYV CP and facilitated purification of the fusion product from infected plants. This same fusion approach was successfully used with the 24-kDa minor BYV CP. The recombinant proteins were recognized by histidine-tag-specific monoclonal antibody in immunoblot analysis. These results demonstrate the utility of a designed series of TEV vectors for expression, detection, and purification of the recombinant proteins and suggest that intrinsic protein stability is a major factor in a recovery of recombinant proteins from plants.[1]


  1. Isolation and stability of histidine-tagged proteins produced in plants via potyvirus gene vectors. Dolja, V.V., Peremyslov, V.V., Keller, K.E., Martin, R.R., Hong, J. Virology (1998) [Pubmed]
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