Large-scale preparation of biologically active recombinant chicken obese protein (leptin)
Raver, N × Taouis, M Dridi, Sami Derouet, M Simon, J Robinzon, B Djiane, J Gertler, A #
Academic press inc
Protein expression and purification vol:14 issue:3 pages:403-408
Prokaryotic expression vector pMON3401 encoding full size A(-1) chicken leptin (AF012727) was prepared by PCR of previously described cDNA. Escherichia coli cells transformed with this vector overexpressed large amounts of chicken leptin upon induction with nalidixic acid. The expressed protein found in the inclusion bodies was refolded and purified to homogeneity on a Q-Sepharose column, yielding two electrophoretically pure fractions (leptin-1 and leptin-2), eluted from the column by 100 and 125 mM Nacl. Both fractions showed a single band of the expected molecular mass of 16 kDa and were composed of over 95% of monomeric protein. The biological activity of both fractions, resulting from proper renaturation, was further evidenced by their ability to stimulate proliferation of leptin-sensitive BAF/3 cells transfected with a long form of human leptin-receptor construct and by lowering the food intake of starved chicken following intravenal or intraperitoneal injections. (C) 1998 Academic Press.