Rhodostomin (Rho) from snake venom, a potent inhibitor of platelet aggregation, contains 68 amino acids having an ROD sequence and 12 cysteine residues. A chemically synthesized Rho gene was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. The expression of Rho gene fused with the glutathione S-transferase (GST) gene was about 10-30% of total cell proteins. The Rho-fusion protein could be recognized by antibodies raised against either a native Rho peptide or a synthetic peptide. The purified GST-Rho coated on culture plates facilitated the attachment of human hepatoma cells, which was inhibitable by co-incubation with a synthetic hexapeptide GRGDSP but not with a related peptide of GRGESP, suggesting that the E. coli-expressed Rho-fusion protein was properly folded and biologically functional.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1993|