Determination of the secondary structure and folding topology of an RNA binding domain of mammalian hnRNP A1 protein using three-dimensional heteronuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
ABSTRACT The secondary structure and folding topology of the first RNA binding domain of the human hnRNP A1 protein was determined by multidimensional heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy. The 92 amino acid long domain exhibits a beta alpha beta beta alpha beta folding pattern, arranged in a four-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet flanked by two alpha-helices, which is very similar to that found for other members of this family. Regions of marked variation between the structurally characterized RNA binding proteins of this class to date are mainly localized in the loops connecting the secondary structure elements.
Article: Expression, purification, and mass spectrometric analysis of 15N, 13C-labeled RGD-hirudin, expressed in Pichia pastoris, for NMR studies.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: A novel recombinant hirudin, RGD-hirudin, inhibits the activity of thrombin and the aggregation of platelets. Here, we successfully expressed (15)N, (13)C-labeled RGD-hirudin in Pichia pastoris in a fermenter. The protein was subsequently purified to yield sufficient quantities for structural and functional studies. The purified protein was characterized by HPLC and MALDI-TOF mass spectroscopy. Analysis revealed that the protein was pure and uniformly labeled with (15)N and (13)C. A bioassay showed that the anti-thrombin activity and the anti-platelet aggregation ability of the labeled protein were the same as those of unlabeled RGD-hirudin. Multidimensional heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy has been used to determine almost complete backbone (15)N, (13)C and (1)H resonance assignments of the r-RGD-Hirudin. The (15)N-(1)H HSQC spectrum of uniformly (15)N, (13)C-labeled RGD-hirudin allowed successful assignment of the signals. Examples of the quality of the data are provided for the (15)N-(l)H correlation spectrum, and by selected planes of the CBCA(CO)NH, CBCANH, and HNCO experiments. These results provide a basis for further studies on the structure-function relationship of RGD-hirudin with thrombin and platelets.PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(8):e42207. · 4.09 Impact Factor