A cDNA encoding for zebrafish γ-glutamyl hydrolase (γGH) was cloned and inserted into a pET43.1a vector via SmaI and EcoRI sites and expressed in Rosetta (DE3) cells as a Nus-His-tag fusion enzyme (NH-zγGH). After induction with isopropyl thiogalactoside, the enzyme was purified with a Ni-Sepharose column, and approximately 8 mg of pure enzyme was obtained per liter of culture. The primary sequence of the recombinant zγGH was similar to mammalian γGH. Thrombin digestion of this NH-zγGH fusion protein resulted in zγGH with approximately 2-fold higher catalytic activity compared with the NH-zγGH fusion enzyme. This recombinant zγGH is active and exhibits comparable endopeptidase activity with folate substrate and antifolate drug methotrexate. Use of this recombinant zγGH significantly increased efficiency in folylpoly-glutamate hydrolysis for folate analysis compared with current protocols.
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- Pharmaceutical Science