Rapid purification and characterisation of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and RNaseH engineered to incorporate a C-terminal tripeptide alpha-tubulin epitope.
Stammers DK., Tisdale M., Court S., Parmar V., Bradley C., Ross CK.
The C-termini of p66 and p51 forms of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase have been engineered to contain a Glu-Glu-Phe sequence recognized by a monoclonal antibody to alpha-tubulin, YL1/2. Mutated RTs were purified in a single step using peptide elution from columns of immobilized YL1/2. The known sequence requirements of the YL1/2 epitope are consistent with protein eluting from the column with an intact C-terminus. Kinetic parameters of these mutated RTs are essentially unchanged from wild-type enzyme. The p15 RNaseH domain has been purified using this method and shown to have low enzyme activity compared to the parental p66 subunit.