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author = {Saouros, S and Cecchetti, C and Jones, A and Cameron, AD and Byrne, B},
doi = {10.1016/j.pep.2019.105522},
journal = {Protein Expression and Purification},
pages = {1--8},
title = {Strategies for successful isolation of a eukaryotic transporter},
url = {},
volume = {166},
year = {2020}

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AB - The isolation of integral membrane proteins for structural analysis remains challenging and this is particularly the case for eukaryotic membrane proteins. Here we describe our efforts to isolate OsBOR3, a boron transporter from Oryza sativa. OsBOR3 was expressed as both full length and a C-terminally truncated form lacking residues 643–672 (OsBOR3Δ1-642). While both express well as C-terminal GFP fusion proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the full length protein isolates poorly in the detergent dodecyl-β-d-maltoside (DDM). The OsBOR3Δ1-642 isolated in DDM in large quantities but was contaminated with GFP tagged protein, indicated incomplete protease removal of the tag. Addition of the reducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT) had no effect on isolation. Detergent screening indicated that the neopentyl glycol detergents, LMNG, UDMNG and DMNG conferred greater stability on the OsBOR3Δ1-642 than DDM. Isolation of OsBOR3Δ1-642 in LMNG both in the presence and absence of DTT produced large quantities of protein but contaminated with GFP tagged protein. Isolation of OsBOR3Δ1-642 in DMNG + DTT resulted in protein sample that does not contain any detectable GFP but elutes at a higher retention volume than that seen for protein isolated in either DDM or LMNG. Mass spectrometry confirmed that the LMNG and DMNG purified protein is OsBOR3Δ1-642 indicating that the DMNG isolated protein is monomer compared to the dimer isolated using LMNG. This was further supported by single particle electron microscopic analysis revealing that the DMNG protein particles are roughly half the size of the LMNG protein particles.
AU - Saouros,S
AU - Cecchetti,C
AU - Jones,A
AU - Cameron,AD
AU - Byrne,B
DO - 10.1016/j.pep.2019.105522
EP - 8
PY - 2020///
SN - 1046-5928
SP - 1
TI - Strategies for successful isolation of a eukaryotic transporter
T2 - Protein Expression and Purification
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VL - 166
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