RFP from Discosoma striata (coral) with DAS-ssrA degradation tag
Mutant RFP from Discosoma striata (coral) (Part:BBa_E1010) with added SsrA-DAS degradation tag (Part:Ba_M0052). The tag increases RFP turn-over rate, thus providing better temporal resolution of red fluorescence. In the same time, maximal fluorescence amplitudes will be lower as newly formed protein is degraded as soon as it is formed. The tag encodes peptide sequence AANDENYADAS and is recognized by ClpA and ClpX unfoldases and ClpX mediator SspB. ClpA and ClpX then form a proteosome-like complex with ClpP protease and the protein is degraded (Figure 1).
The final three residues of the tag determines the strength of interaction with ClpX and thus the final protein degradation rate. The DAS tag is reported to have low affinity to ClpX thus its mediated degradation very much depends on the concentration of SspB (ClpX mediator). However, be aware that exact protein degradation rate is influenced by multiple other factors: ClpXP and ClpAP protease concentrations, protein stability, Km of binding to the protease, temperature .
 Flynn, J. M. et al. Overlapping recognition determinants within the ssrA degradation tag allow modulation of proteolysis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 98, 10584–9 (2001).  Andersen, J. B. et al. New unstable variants of green fluorescent protein for studies of transient gene expression in bacteria. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 64, 2240–6 (1998).  Purcell, O., Grierson, C. S., Bernardo, M. Di & Savery, N. J. Temperature dependence of ssrA-tag mediated protein degradation. J. Biol. Eng. 6, 10 (2012).
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