BioMed Research International / 2014 / Article / Fig 1

Research Article

C-Terminal Domain Swapping of SSB Changes the Size of the ssDNA Binding Site

Figure 1

Construction of plasmids for expression of the chimeric KpSSBnStSSBc and KpSSBnPaSSBc proteins. To investigate the effect of the C-terminal domain of SSB on the size of the ssDNA-binding site, the C-terminal domain of KpSSB was replaced by that of StSSB and PaSSB. pET21b-KpSSB (Primers 7 and 8), pET21b-StSSB (Primers 9 and 10), and pET21b-PaSSB (Primers 11 and 12) vectors were mutated to create a desired SacI site and to obtain the vectors for expression of the chimeric proteins KpSSBnStSSBc and KpSSBnPaSSBc. The D91E/Q92L-engineered pET21b-KpSSB vector, the D91E/Q92L-engineered pET21b-StSSB vector, and the G90E/Q91L-engineered pET21b-PaSSB vector were cut at NdeI and SacI sites. Subsequently, the KpSSBn, StSSBc-pET21b, and PaSSBc-pET21b fragments were purified. KpSSBn was ligated with StSSBc-pET21b and PaSSBc-pET21b fragments to generate the engineered pET21b-KpSSBnStSSBc and pET21b-KpSSBnPaSSBc vectors. To avoid artificial residues, positions 91 and 92 of the two plasmids were mutated back (Primers 13 to 16) to obtain pET21b-KpSSBnStSSBc and pET21b-KpSSBnPaSSBc vectors. Thus, pET21b-KpSSBnStSSBc and pET21b-KpSSBnPaSSBc will express KpSSB1-91 fused StSSB92-176 and PaSSB91-165, respectively. Note that KpSSBnPaSSBc will have 166 amino acid residues.