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Intestinal trefoil factor (ITF), a member of the trefoil factor family, plays an important role in protecting the epithelial layer of the intestinal tract from damage and repairing epithelium after injury. In the present study, we expressed recombinant hITF by Picha pastoris expression system in shake flasks to 50mg/L. rhITF was purified up to 95% by ammonium sulfate precipitation, Ni-NTA affinity chromatography and ultrafiltration. In conditions simulating intestinal tract environment, rhITF was shown to exhibit resistance to proteases, heat, acid and alkali. In addition, rhITF was found to be biologically active in an in vitro restitution model. This study lays the foundation for the commercial production of rhITF and provides theoretical evidence for the oral use of rhITF.
Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.