Susanne van den Berg

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A prerequisite for structural genomics and related projects is to standardize the process of gene overexpression and protein solubility screening to enable automation for higher throughput. We have tested a methodology to rapidly subclone a large number of human genes and screen these for expression and protein solubility in Escherichia coli. The(More)
We have compared four different vectors for expression of proteins with N- or C-terminal hexahistidine (His6) tags in Escherichia coli by testing these on 20 human proteins. We looked at a total recombinant protein production levels per gram dry cell weight, solubility of the target proteins, and yield of soluble and total protein when purified by(More)
The efficiency and high specificity of tobacco etch virus (TEV) protease has made it widely used for cleavage of recombinant fusion proteins. However, the production of TEV protease in E. coli is hampered by low solubility. We have subjected the gene encoding TEV protease to directed evolution to improve the yield of soluble protein. Libraries of mutated(More)
DExD-box helicases are involved in all aspects of cellular RNA metabolism. Conserved domains 1 and 2 contain nine signature motifs that are responsible for nucleotide binding, RNA binding and ATP hydrolysis. The human DEAD-box helicase DDX3X has been associated with several different cellular processes, such as cell-growth control, mRNA transport and(More)
DEAD-box RNA helicases play various, often critical, roles in all processes where RNAs are involved. Members of this family of proteins are linked to human disease, including cancer and viral infections. DEAD-box proteins contain two conserved domains that both contribute to RNA and ATP binding. Despite recent advances the molecular details of how these(More)
Nuclear magnetic resonance was used to compare parameters reflecting solution structure and dynamics of the glucocorticoid receptor DNA-binding domain (GRDBD), which binds specifically to a GRE binding site on DNA, and a triple mutant (GRDBDEGA), which binds to an ERE site. The studies were prompted by an earlier observation that the cooperativity for(More)
We used isothermal titration calorimetry in the temperature range 21-25 degrees C to investigate the effect of pH on the calorimetric enthalpy (delta H(cal)) for sequence specific DNA-binding of the glucocorticoid receptor DNA-binding domain (GR DBD). Titrations were carried out in solutions containing 100 mM NaCl, 1 mM dithiothreitol, 5% glycerol by(More)
Tankyrases are recently discovered proteins implicated in many important functions in the cell including telomere homeostasis and mitosis. Tankyrase modulates the activity of target proteins through poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation, and here we report the structure of the catalytic poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) domain of human tankyrase 1. This is the first(More)
Tobacco etch virus (TEV) protease is generally used to remove affinity tags from target proteins. It has been reported that some detergents inhibit the activity of this protease, and therefore should be avoided when removing affinity tags from membrane proteins. The aim of this study was to explore and evaluate this further. Hence, affinity tag removal with(More)
We examined the internal mobility of the estrogen receptor DNA-binding domain (ER DBD) using NMR15N relaxation measurements and compared it to that of the glucocorticoid receptor DNA-binding domain (GR DBD). The studied protein fragments consist of residues Arg183-His267 of the human ER and residues Lys438-Gln520 of the rat GR. The15N longitudinal (R1) and(More)