Construction and purification of His-tagged staphylococcal ArsB protein, an integral membrane protein that is involved in arsenical salt resistance


Bacterial resistance to arsenical salts encoded on plasmid pI258 occurs by active extrusion of toxic oxyanions from cells of Staphylococcus aureus. The operon encodes for three gene products: ArsR, ArsB and ArsC. The gene product of arsB is an integral membrane protein and it is sufficient to provide resistance to arsenite and antimonite. A poly His-ArsB fusion protein was generated to purify the staphylococcal ArsB protein. Cells containing the His-tagged arsB gene were resistant to arsenite and antimonite. The levels of resistance to these toxic oxyanions by the His-tagged construct were greater than the levels obtained with the wild type gene. These data would indicate that the His-tagged protein is functionally active. A new 36 kDa protein band was visualized on 10% SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE), which was confirmed as the His-ArsB protein by immunodetection with polyclonal Hisantibodies. The His-ArsB fusion protein was purified by the use of metal-chelate affinity chromatography with a Ni+2-nitrilotriacetic acid column and size-exclusion chromatography suggests that the protein was a homodimer.


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Indian Journal of Microbiology



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