Inteins are proteins involved in the protein splicing mechanism, an autoprocessing event, where sequences (exteins) separated by inteins become ligated each other after recombination. Two kinds of inteins have been described, contiguous inteins and split inteins. The former ones are transcribed and translated as a single peptide along with their exteins, while the latter are fragmented between two different genes and are transcribed and translated separately. The aim of this study is to establish a method to obtain a fluorescent eukaryotic protein to analyze its cellular localization, using the natural split gp41‐1 inteins. We chose natural split inteins due to their distribution in all three domains of life. Two constructs were prepared, one containing the N‐terminal split intein along with the N‐moiety of the Red Fluorescent Protein (RFP) and a second construct containing the C‐terminal of split intein, the C‐moiety of RFP and the gene coding for Maspin, a tumor suppressor protein. The trans‐splicing was verified by transfecting both N‐terminal and C‐terminal constructs into mammalian cells. The success of the recombination event was highlighted through the fluorescence produced by reconstituted RFP after recombination, along with the overlap of the red fluorescence produced by recombined RFP and the green fluorescence produced by the hybridization of the recombinant Maspin with a specific antibody. In conclusion, we opted to use this mechanism of recombination to obtain a fluorescent Maspin instead to express a large fusion protein, considering that it could interfere with Maspin's structure and function.

Split Gp41‐1 intein splicing as a model to evaluate the cellular location of the oncosuppressor Maspin in an in vitro model of osteosarcoma / Mariano, Alessia; DI CRISTOFANO, Samuele; Raimondo, Domenico; SCOTTO D'ABUSCO, Anna. - In: CELL BIOCHEMISTRY AND FUNCTION. - ISSN 0263-6484. - (2024). [10.1002/cbf.3987]

Split Gp41‐1 intein splicing as a model to evaluate the cellular location of the oncosuppressor Maspin in an in vitro model of osteosarcoma

Alessia Mariano;Samuele Di Cristofano;Domenico raimondo;Anna Scotto d'Abusco
2024

Abstract

Inteins are proteins involved in the protein splicing mechanism, an autoprocessing event, where sequences (exteins) separated by inteins become ligated each other after recombination. Two kinds of inteins have been described, contiguous inteins and split inteins. The former ones are transcribed and translated as a single peptide along with their exteins, while the latter are fragmented between two different genes and are transcribed and translated separately. The aim of this study is to establish a method to obtain a fluorescent eukaryotic protein to analyze its cellular localization, using the natural split gp41‐1 inteins. We chose natural split inteins due to their distribution in all three domains of life. Two constructs were prepared, one containing the N‐terminal split intein along with the N‐moiety of the Red Fluorescent Protein (RFP) and a second construct containing the C‐terminal of split intein, the C‐moiety of RFP and the gene coding for Maspin, a tumor suppressor protein. The trans‐splicing was verified by transfecting both N‐terminal and C‐terminal constructs into mammalian cells. The success of the recombination event was highlighted through the fluorescence produced by reconstituted RFP after recombination, along with the overlap of the red fluorescence produced by recombined RFP and the green fluorescence produced by the hybridization of the recombinant Maspin with a specific antibody. In conclusion, we opted to use this mechanism of recombination to obtain a fluorescent Maspin instead to express a large fusion protein, considering that it could interfere with Maspin's structure and function.
2024
inteins; Maspin; osteosarcoma; protein splicing; split gp41‐1 intein
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Split Gp41‐1 intein splicing as a model to evaluate the cellular location of the oncosuppressor Maspin in an in vitro model of osteosarcoma / Mariano, Alessia; DI CRISTOFANO, Samuele; Raimondo, Domenico; SCOTTO D'ABUSCO, Anna. - In: CELL BIOCHEMISTRY AND FUNCTION. - ISSN 0263-6484. - (2024). [10.1002/cbf.3987]
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