Expression and purification of functional human anthrax toxin receptor (ATR/TEM8) binding domain from Escherichia coli.

Anthrax is caused by the gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax receptors play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of the anthrax disease. Anthrax toxin receptor ATR/TEM8 VWA domain is responsible for the binding of protective antigen (PA) of B. anthracis, and thus an attractive target for structure-based drug therapies. However… (More)