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An insertion mutant of LeuRS with 116 amino acid residues has full activity

, : An insertion mutant of LeuRS with 116 amino acid residues has full activity. Sheng Wu Hua Xue Yu Sheng Wu Wu Li Xue Bao Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica 35(3): 225-229

Escherichia coli leucyl-tRNA synthetase (LeuRS) belongs to class I aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. It consists of 860 amino acid residues and catalyzes the leucylation of tRNA(Leu). An insertion of its 253-368 peptide fragment between 368 to 369 in CP1 domain of this enzyme was shown to maintain the activity of the enzyme, and the insertion mutant was named as LeuRS-C. Because the insertion mutant of LeuRS was sensitive to operation of the purification, a plasmid containing the gene encoding LeuRS with His(6)-tag at its N-terminus was constructed to facilitate the purification of His(6)-LeuRS-C through one-step affinity chromatography on Ni(2+)-NTA column. The purified His(6)-LeuRS-C had full activity as the native LeuRS with His-tag at the N-terminus (His(6)-LeuRS), although the mutant enzyme had an insertion of 116 amino acid residues. The kinetic parameters of His(6)-LeuRS-C were determined. The secondary structure estimated by CD spectrum and thermal stability of the insertion mutant was compared with those of His(6)-LeuRS, respectively.


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