Lablog4-32:High biological activity of a recombinant protein immobilized onto polystyrene.

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Yoichi Kumada, Yuki Shiritani, Kyoko Hamasaki, Takuhito Ohse, Michimasa Kishimoto

First author

Yoichi Kumada

Corresponding author

Yoichi Kumada

Publication Style

Journal name Biotechnology journal


Volume, issue, pages

4(8) 1178-89


The adsorption characteristics of glutathione S-transferases (GST) genetically fused with polystyrene (PS)-binding peptides (PS-tags) on PS plates with increase in hydrophilicity were studied to clarify the mechanisms of the specific interaction between the PS-tag-fused protein and PS plates. GST fused with the PS-tag PS19 (RAFIASRRIKRP) preferentially interacted with hydrophilic PS plates, even in the presence of high concentrations of competitors such as Tween 20 and BSA. Both basic and aliphatic amino acids in the PS-tags were involved in the specific interaction of PS-tags with the surface of the hydrophilic PS plate. Genetic fusion of the PS19 variants, PS19-4 (RAIARRIRR) and PS19-6 (RIIIRRIRR), further improved the immobilization yield of GST in the presence of a high concentration of the competitor BSA (50 mg/mL). The PS19-6 peptide specifically interacted with the surfaces of various hydrophilic PS plates, especially in the presence of Tween 20. Higher remaining activity was detected on all of the hydrophilic PS plates immobilized with GST-PS19-6 in comparison with those with wild-type GST and GST-PS19, and the remaining activity was further increased by the addition of Tween 20 in the adsorption state. The PS19-6 peptide developed in this study is therefore very useful as an affinity tag that can immobilize a target protein directly onto various hydrophilic PS supports with high remaining activity.