Expression, purification, and characterization of recombinant human soluble BAFF secreted from the yeast Pichia pastoris.

Abstract

The B lymphocyte stimulator (BAFF) is a novel member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ligand family which is important in B lymphocyte maturation and survival. Herein, the cDNA coding for the extracellular domain of the BAFF (hsBAFF) has been cloned into the secreting expression organism Pichia pastoris. SDS-PAGE and Western blotting assays of culture broth from a methanol-induced expression strain demonstrated that recombinant hsBAFF, a 20.2 kDa glycosylated protein, was secreted into the culture medium. The recombinant protein was purified to greater than 95% using DEAE-Sepharose ion exchange and Superdex 75 size-exclusion chromatography steps. Finally, 102 mg of the protein was obtained in high purity from 1 L of the supernatant and its identity to hsBAFF was confirmed by NH(2)-terminal amino acid sequence analysis Bioactivity of the recombinant hsBAFF was confirmed by the ability of the protein to stimulate human B lymphocyte proliferation in vitro. Our results suggest that the P. pastoris expression system can be used to produce large quantities of fully functional hsBAFF for both research and industrial purpose.

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@article{Diao2007ExpressionPA, title={Expression, purification, and characterization of recombinant human soluble BAFF secreted from the yeast Pichia pastoris.}, author={Zhenyu Diao and Tingmei Ye and Peng Cao and Jing Zhang and Jingjing Mei and Zhihua Lin and Shuangquan Zhang}, journal={Protein expression and purification}, year={2007}, volume={54 1}, pages={11-7} }