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ABSTRACT: Topoisomerase II of kinetoplastid parasites plays an important role in the replication of unusual networks of kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) and is a very useful target for antiparasitic drugs. In this study, we cloned full-length Crithidia fasciculata mitochondrial topoisomerase II gene into pFastBac-HTc vector and successfully expressed an active recombinant full-length mitochondrial topoisomerase II in Bac-to-Bac baculovirus expression system. A rapid and simple purification strategy was established by incorporating a FLAG-tag at the C-terminus of the protein. The purified recombinant topoisomerase II showed a major single band on SDS-PAGE (>96% purity) and was verified through Western blot analysis. The recombinant full-length mitochondrial topoisomerase II exhibited decatenation, catenation and relaxation activity of type II topoisomerase as well as various sensitivities to a series of known topoisomerase inhibitors. These studies explore new way and lay groundwork to express all other similar full-length kinetoplastid topoisomerases, it will also facilitate further elucidation of X-ray structure, catalysis mechanism of kinetoplastid topoisomerases and design of new antiparasitic drugs targeting kinetoplastid topoisomerases.
Protein Expression and Purification 04/2008; 58(1):122-31. · 1.43 Impact Factor