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Expression, Purification, and Characterization of an Activated Cytokine-Suppressive Anti-inflammatory Drug-Binding Protein 2 (CSBP2) Kinase from Baculovirus-Infected Insect Cells

Protein Expression and Purification
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DOI: 10.1006/prep.1997.0744
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
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Abstract An activated form of the human cytokine-suppressive anti-inflammatory drug-binding protein 2 (CSBP2) kinase was expressed in Spodoptera frugiperda(SF9) cells from a baculovirus vector. To maximize expression and to facilitate purification of the recombinant protein, CSBP2 kinase was expressed as a carboxy-terminal fusion protein to glutathione S-transferase (GST). Under optimal conditions, 2–3 mg of GST–CSBP2 could be obtained per liter of infected cell culture. The fusion protein was easily purified from the soluble fraction of the total cell lysate under nondenaturing conditions by using a glutathione–Sepharose 4B affinity resin. As expected, the purified GST–CSBP2 fusion protein was ∼68 kDa as determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate–polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis and reacted with antibodies directed toward either the GST or the CSBP amino terminus. To obtain activated CSBP2, SF9 cells were coinfected with two recombinant baculovirus vectors: one that directed the synthesis of the GST–CSBP2 fusion protein and a second vector that directed the synthesis of a constitutively active form of the CSBP activating kinase, MKK3. Coexpression of GST–CSBP2 kinase with the MKK3 activator increased GST–CSBP2 activity 8- to 10-fold based on the ability of GST–CSBP2 to phosphorylate the substrate, myelin basic protein (MBP), and the ATF2 transcription factor, in vitro.Moreover, activated GST–CSBP2 was capable of activating a bacterially derived mitogen-activated protein kinase-activating protein kinase 2 in vitro.The activity of insect-derived GST–CSBP2 was also inhibited by the CSBP inhibitor, SB202190. We anticipate that the preparation and purification techniques described in this study will facilitate further biochemical characterization of this kinase.

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