Prevention of Aggregation and Autocatalysis for Sustaining Biological Activity of Recombinant BoNT/A-LC Upon Long-Term Storage

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Abstract:

Protein aggregation during expression, purification, storage, or transfer into requisite assay buffers hampers the use of proteins for in vitro studies. The formation of these aggregates represents a major obstacle in the study of biological activity and also restricts the spectrum of protein products being available for the biomedical applications. The catalytic light chain of botulinum neurotoxin type A undergoes autocatalysis and aggregation after purification upon long-term storage and freeze-thawing. In present study the conditions for the high level expression and purification of biologically active light chain protein of botulinum neurotoxin were optimized from a synthetic gene. Several co-solvents were screened in order to prevent autocatalysis and aggregation of rBoNT/A-LC. The effect of the co-solvents is studied on endopeptidase activity during long term storage of the recombinant protein. The purified rBoNT/A-LC was also evaluated for its immunogenicity.





Keywords: BoNT; Botulinum neurotoxin; HC; HRP; HUPO; LC; MALDI-TOF; SNAP-25; VAMP; aggregation; autocatalysis; endopeptidase; glycerol; rBoNT/A-LC

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/092986611797642689

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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  • 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.
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