The C-Terminus of Camkii Is Truncated When Expressed In E. Coli
The neuronal enzyme Calcium / calmodulin dependent protein kinase type II (CaMKII) is a key molecule in biochemical events necessary for learning and memory. The α-subunit of CaMKII expressed in E. coli as well as in insect cells shows similar catalytic behavior [Praseeda, M., Pradeep, K. K., Krupa, A., Sri Krishna, S., Leena, S., Rajeev Kumar, R., John Cheriyan, Mayadevi, M., Srinivasan, N., and Omkumar, R. V. (2003) Biochem. J. In Press]. The association domain of the enzyme has been crystallized in its native multimeric form after expression in E. coli [Hoelz, A., Nairn, A. C. and Kuriyan, J. (2003) Molecular Cell 11, 1241]. However a major truncation product accompanies the full-length protein when expressed in E. coli. We show by epitope labeling and immunoblotting that the truncation occurs at the C-terminal half of the protein so that the N-terminal catalytic domain is complete in the truncated product. This supports the use of the preparation of α-CaMKII expressed in E. coli for studies on functions of the catalytic site. Our data will also be helpful in designing modified prokaryotic expression systems for CaMKII devoid of the truncation product, which are easier to use compared to the insect cell system.
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Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thycaud P. O., Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala-695014, INDIA.
Publication date: 2004-04-01
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