Two fused proteins combining Stichopus japonicus arginine kinase and rabbit muscle creatine kinase

Jian Wei Zhang, Qin Guo, Tong Jin Zhao, Tao Tao Liu, Xi Cheng Wang

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Abstract

Two fused proteins of dimeric arginine kinase (AK) from sea cucumber and dimeric creatine kinase (CK) from rabbit muscle, named AK-CK and CK-AK, were obtained through the expression of fused AK and CK genes. Both AK-CK and CK-AK had about 50% AK activity and about 2-fold Km values for arginine of native AK, as well as about 50% CK activity and about 2-fold Km values for creatine of native CK. This indicated that both AK and CK moieties are fully active in the two fused proteins. The structures of AK, CK, AK-CK, and CK-AK were compared by collecting data of far-UV circular dichroism, intrinsic fluorescence, 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonate binding fluorescence, and size-exclusion chromatography. The results indicated that dimeric AK and CK differed in the maximum emission wavelength, the exposure extent of hydrophobic surfaces, and molecular size, though they have a close evolutionary relationship. The structure and thermodynamic stability of AK, CK, AK-CK, and CK-AK were compared by guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl) titration. Dimeric AK was more dependent on the cooperation of two subunits than CK according to the analysis of residual AK or CK activity with GdnHCl concentration increase. Additionally, AK and CK had different denaturation curves induced by GdnHCl, but almost the same thermodynamic stability. The two fused proteins, AK-CK and CK-AK, had similar secondary structure, tertiary structure, molecular size, structure, and thermodynamic stability, which indicated that the expression order of AK and CK genes might have little effect on the characteristics of the fused proteins and might further verify the close relationship of dimeric AK and CK.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-988
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemistry (Moscow)
Volume71
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Arginine kinase
  • Creatine kinase
  • Fused proteins
  • GdnHCl denaturation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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