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[A novel reporter system monitoring sortase A catalyzed protein ligation efficiency]

Jian Li, Pengju Wang, Yunfeng Cui, Peijian Zou, Gang Qin
Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology 2014, 30 (2): 284-93
Efforts on directed evolution of sortase A to optimize its catalytic properties have been undertaken and shown the promise. To facilitate screening of sortase A mutants with expected catalytic properties, a novel ligation efficiency monitoring system, including reporter substrates GFP-LPETG and GGGYK-Biotin, was developed. GFP-LPETG, wild type sortase A, and a recently reported high activity sortase A mutant were prepared recombinantly from Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3). Taking advantage of the newly designed reporter system, the ligation efficiency catalyzed by wild type and mutant form of sortase A could be sensitively monitored via SDS-PAGE directly. Consistent with previous report, the mutant sortase A displayed much higher catalytic activity compared to wild type enzyme, indicating the new reporter system is easily and fast handled and sensitive. The application of this reporter system into systemic screening will facilitate future directed optimization of sortase A.


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