Haemonchus contortus: prokaryotic expression and enzyme activity of recombinant HcSTK, a serine/threonine protein kinase.

Abstract

Members of the PAR-1/MARK serine/threonine protein kinase (STK) subfamily are important regulators of the cytoskeleton, and their characterization can provide insights into a number of critical processes relating to the development and survival of an organism. We previously investigated the mRNA expression for and organization of a gene (hcstk) representing HcSTK, an STK from the parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus. In the present study, a recombinant form of HcSTK was expressed and characterized. Affinity-purified anti-HcSTK antibodies reacted with native HcSTK in protein homogenates extracted from third-stage larvae (L3) of H. contortus and were also used to immunolocalize the protein around the nuclei of ovarian and intestinal tissues of adult H. contortus. The enzyme activity of the recombinant HcSTK protein was also demonstrated. The findings show that recombinant HcSTK is a functional protein kinase, with activity directed to KXGS motifs, consistent with other members of the PAR-1/MARK STK subfamily.

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@article{Nikolaou2006HaemonchusCP, title={Haemonchus contortus: prokaryotic expression and enzyme activity of recombinant HcSTK, a serine/threonine protein kinase.}, author={Sia Nikolaou and Dadna Hartman and Alasdair J. Nisbet and Robin B. Gasser}, journal={Experimental parasitology}, year={2006}, volume={113 4}, pages={207-14} }