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Stability of membrane protein is crucial during protein purification and crystallization as well as in the fabrication of protein-based devices. Several recent studies have examined how various surfactants can stabilize membrane proteins out of their native membrane environment. However, there is still no single surfactant that can be universally employed(More)
Chemokine receptors belong to a class of integral membrane G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and are responsible for transmitting signals from the extracellular environment. However, the structural changes in the receptor, connecting ligand binding to G-protein activation, remain elusive for most GPCRs due to the difficulty to produce them for structural(More)
The phycobiliproteins (PBSs) are large pigment proteins found in certain algae that play a central role in harvesting light energy for photosynthesis. Phycocyanin (PC) is one type of PBSs that gains increasing attention owing to its various biological and pharmacological properties. In this paper, an expression vector containing five essential genes in(More)
A recombinant allophycocyanin (rAPC), used for treatment of tumors, has been expressed in E. coli which was grown in glucose fed-batch culture in a 30 l fermentor. Recombinant allophycocyanin was purified from soluble E. coli cell lysate using hydrophobic interaction chromatography followed by chromatography using amylose affinity column. The purity of(More)
Human N-formyl peptide receptors (FPRs) belong to the G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) superfamily, the most frequently addressed drug targets in the pharmaceutical industry, and are considered to play important roles in innate immunity and host defense mechanisms. Although still a highly challenging task, the availability of soluble and functional GPCRs(More)
Allophycocyanin (APC) is the main core component of phycobilisome found in blue-green algae. The apo-allophycocyanin and its subunits were expressed in Escherichia coli and their antioxidant properties were evaluated using deoxyribose assay. The result showed that both recombinant allophycocyanin fused with maltose binding protein (MBP) tag and 6 x His-tag(More)
Allophycocyanin (APC) is a phycobiliprotein with various biological and pharmacological properties. An expression vector containing five essential genes in charge of biosynthesis of cyanobacterial APC holo-α subunit (holo-ApcA) was constructed, resulting in over-expression of a fluorescent holo-ApcA in E. coli. After being cultured for 16 h, the dry cell(More)
Allophycocyanin is a phycobiliprotein with various biological and pharmacological properties. An expression vector was constructed using CpeS as the bilin lyase for the allophycocyanin beta subunit, resulting in overexpression of a fluorescent allophycocyanin beta-subunit in Escherichia coli. A high-density cell culture was developed using a continuous(More)
The macromolecular pigment-protein complex has the merit of high efficiency for light-energy capture and transfer after long-term photosynthetic evolution. Here bio-dyes of A. platensis photosystem I (PSI) and spinach light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) are spontaneously sensitized on three types of designed TiO2 films, to assess the effects of(More)
The isolation of photosystem-I (PS-I) from spinach has been conducted using ultrafiltration with 300 kDa molecular weight cut-off polyethersulfone membranes. The effects of ultrafiltration operating conditions on PS-I activity were optimized using parameter scanning ultrafiltration. These conditions included solution pH, ionic strength, stirring speed, and(More)