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5 areas where protein is localised in Ecoli and features

cytoplasm - largest. Where protein synthesis occurs because it's where ribosomes are.

cytoplasmic membrane - phospholipid bilayer. Cell already has mechanisms to transport proteins here because it does for it's normal transport, membrane and resp proteins

periplasmic space - proteins with disulphide bonds expressed here.

Outer membrane - phospho lip, used to transport proteins

Secreted - completely outside cell in extracellular medium

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3 different protein types

soluble
cytoplamsic (inner) membrane proteins
outer membrane proteins

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properties of soluble proteins

hydrophillic surface
many diff folding structures - but always hydrophobic bit in middle
most found in cytoplasm (cos biggest capacity)
some found on periplasm

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properties of cytoplasmic membrane proteins

hydrophobic surface - cos in lipid environment
form alpha helices in transmembrane regions
hard to express at high levels

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why are cytoplasmic membrane proteins hard to express at high levels

highly regulated - Because hard to get them to the membrane - most attempts to get them there would result in cell damage so there is very strong regulation
(a reason why you induce protein expression in growth phase - high chance lots will die but hopefully enough around you get a good yield)

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properties of outer membrane proteins

hydrophobic
form beta barrels -often their function is to provide channels or present proteins on surface

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When do inclusion bodies occur

When proteins are expressed in the highest levels in the cytoplasm (biggest capacity), the protein comes together to form inclusion bodies - possibly because hydrophobic proteins can simply clump together without folding

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To make inclusion bodies a good way to produce lots of protein for easy purification, what must the proteins be able to do in vitro

be easily refolded

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How are proteins freed from inclusion bodies and refolded?

heat
add 6m urea slowly to bodies, proteins will naturally fold

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Who's dogma is this method of freeing proteins from inclusion bodies based on and what does it state?

Alfinsen's
That he protein has all the info it needs to fold correctly encoded in it's own amino acid sequence.

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Give an example of a protein which is expressed in inclusion bodies and how it is successfully attained.

Proinsulin - lysozyme added, releases bodies, then given optimum refolding conditions in vitro.

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In what form do you need to express a protein if it won't refold itself?

Active

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What is the role of chaperone proteins when expressed to improve the solubility of cytoplasmic proteins

help prevent aggregation

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Give examples of chaperone proteins

DnaK
GroEL

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Describe what chaperone proteins do to ensure proper folding

Recognises protein going down wrong route
forms a cavity inside which can accommodate misfolded protein
unfolds it
sets it on it's way again
hopes that next time it will fold right

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What catalyses protein folding

ATP

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as well as chaperone proteins, what helps prevenmt aggregation when proteins are trying to fold?

The masking of the hydrophobic regions

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Can the ecoli cytoplasm form disulphide bonds? Why?

No - it's a reducing environment

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Where are disulphide containing proteins found? Why?

The periplasm. Because it's oxidising

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What's the humidity?

?

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What enzyme catalyses insertion of disulphides?

DsbA

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What enzyme catalyses isomerisation of disulphides?

DsbC

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Describe the common process between both isomeristaion and insertion of disulphides

enzyme sits in oxidised form, acts as an intermediate and is reduced itself.

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is formation of disulphides oxidation?

Yar

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describe basically how the enzymes form the disulphide bonds

by removing the H's from the S on the protein

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Give an example in the UK food industry where the presence of DsbA like protein during refolding enhanced activity of recombinant protein

when expressing chymosin
It converts casein to parcasein in curdling so used in cheese production

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How many disulphide bonds down chymosin have

3

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What are the 2 ways to make proteins with disulphide bonds

Express proteins in periplasm where disulphides form (call this option 1)
Make cytoplasm more oxidising (option 2)

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Describe how you'd go about doing option 1

add signal peptide to the protein - cleaved then just mature protein remains in peri

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2 problems with option 1

limited rate of export through the sec machinary - which is what transports proteins to peri
smaller capacity than cytoplasm

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2 examples of proteins made using option 1

human growth hormone
antibody fv fragments

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2 things you do to achieve option 2

remove thioredoxins and glutaredoxins - (enzymes which make cytoplasm oxidising)
Express DcsB in cytoplasm by removing it's signal peptide so it doesn't go where it normally would

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Example of proteins made by option 2 and how many disulphide bonds does it have

human tissue plasminogen activator
9. Whoa.

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Why fuse protein sequences to recombinant proteins

Stability

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Where can a fusion protein bind to on the recomb protein?

C or N terminus

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How is a fusion protein added to a recomb protein?

DNA added into expression vector

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Give an example of where a fusion protein has been added to the recomb protein somatostatin, including which end the fusion is added to and where it can be cleaved off

N terminal fusion of Beta-galactosidase.
Can be cleaved in vitro

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what is an alternative strategy to adding a fusion protein to increase stability?

Use a protease deficient ecoli strain to incr half life of protein

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Another use of fusions, as well as stability

Purification

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What is the most commonly used fusion tag for purification?

Hexa-histidine

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What type of matrix is on the column a protein with a hexa his residue is loaded on? (Once the lysate has been released by breaking open the bacterial cell)

nitrilotriacetic acid matrix (charged with nickel ions)

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name the 2 steps undertaken once the His tagged protein has bound to the column

wash - other proteins removed
elute - just his-tagged protein left

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Name 2 other fusion proteins and the columns on which they are purified

Glutathione-S-transferase - glutathione affinity column
Maltose binding protein (can target protein to periplasm as well - amylose resin column

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What does each fusion protein encode (generally), and what does this permit?

A sequence specific protease cleavage site located in region between affinity tag and cloned gene.
Permits removal of fusion protein tag following affintiy purification (normal purification, like previously mentioned)

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What 2 apparatus move recombinant proteins across inner membrane (in secretion)?

Sec or Tat apparatus

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What part of the secretory system spans both membranes of ecoli?

Type 1

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Are Ecoli good secretors?

No, they're rubbish. But do have a mechanism to extrete toxins so exploit that

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How has ecoli been exploited to successfully incr inner membrane protein expression (normally inserting them there limits yield because lots of cells don't survive it)?

Strains isolated with mutation for incr yields of membrane proteins (possible because this mutation has put an intracellular network within membranes so can transport recombinant proteins)