Tet Repressible N-terminal Arg Tagged EYFP (no terminator)
This is BBa_K331022 - which is a yellow fluorescent protein (BBa_E0030) fused to a N-terminal 9x Arginine Tag (BBa_K249005) preceded by a ribosomal binding site (BBa_B0034) - under the control of the tetracycline repressible promoter BBa_R0040.
This will be a component of a proof-of-concept part designed to show the localization of proteins into the interior of a microcompartment formed by the assembly of lumazine synthase (BBa_K249002) proteins.
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In order to further characterize the C-terminal and N-terminal oligoarginine tag (BioBricks BBa_K249005 and BBa_K249004 respectively) and investigate the effect their placement on protein stability, yellow fluorescent proteins (YFP) with the oligoarginine fused to either the C-terminus (BBa_K331023) or N-terminus (BBa_K331022) (and preceded by a ribosomal binding site – BBa_B0034) were synthesized. We used our Red/White 3-Antibiotic assembly method to add a tetracycline repressible promoter (BBa_R0040) for constitutive expression of the fusion protein. This addition generated BioBricks BBa_K331031 and BBa_K331030 for the C-terminal tagged and N-terminal tagged YFP respectively.
The BioBrick containing plasmid was transformed into Escherichia coli DH5α cells. These cells were grown to an OD600 of approximately 0.7, and diluted 1:10 with MilliQ H2O immediately prior to analysis by fluorescent spectroscopy.
This dilution of cells was excited at 517 nm, and the emission spectra was read from 522 nm to 650 nm. Fluorescence at 524 nm (emission maxima of YFP) of control cells (Escherichia coli DH5α), N-terminal tagged, and C-terminal tagged YFP were compared.
N-terminal tagged YFP did not have substantially more fluorescence than control cells. Cells expressing C-terminal tagged YFP had ten times more fluorescence than control cells and cells expressing N-terminal tagged YFP.
Our results are consistent with the data reported by Bachmair et al. in that the placement of arginine residues at the N-terminus of our YFP results in no observable fluorescence over control cells. Assuming that transcription of this K331030 and K331031 are equivalent, these data suggest that the N-terminal oligoarginine is reducing the half-life of the protein to which it is fused, ie YFP.
1Bachmair A., Finley D., Varshavsky A. (1986), In Vivo Half-Life of a Protein Is a Function of Its Amino-Terminal Residue. Science 234. 4773 179-186.
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