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Substitution of disulphide bonds to hydrophobic amino acids in BACE1
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease on protein level is fundamentally important in the search for its treatment and there is a demand for proteins that can be used together with candidate drugs in crystallography trials. The refolding time reaching up to three weeks for beta-site APP cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1), the proposed disease-generating protein, is presently not optimal and new protein constructs are needed. In attempts to shorten the refolding time the six cysteins in BACE1 were substituted to hydrophobic valine or alanine residues. The proteins, both wild type and mutant BACE1, were expressed in Escherichia coli, refolded for one week and purified by ion exchange chromatography and gel filtration. The final products were characterised by measuring stability, homogeneity and enzyme activity. There was significantly lower protein yield for the mutants compared to the wild type BACE1, indicating that generation of the disulphide bonds are important for correctly folded and stable BACE1. Also, it was found that the three different disulphide bonds are not equally important during refolding, with Cys278-Cys443 being the most important and Cys216-Cys420 and Cys330-Cys380 being of less importance. The present work shows that one week of refolding is enough for a sufficient protein yield of wt BACE1 and that the current refolding time for wt BACE1 can be shortened. Furthermore the disulphide bridges in BACE1 are important for forming an active protein with correct fold.

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2009. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
BACE1, disulphide bonds substitution, hydrophobic amino acids, protein purification, refolding time
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Medical Biotechnology (with a focus on Cell Biology (including Stem Cell Biology), Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biopharmacy)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52180ISRN: LITH-IFM-A-EX--09/2108--SEOAI: diva2:280093
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2009-12-15 Created: 2009-12-08 Last updated: 2009-12-15Bibliographically approved

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