Basic & Clinical Medicine ›› 2009, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (5): 499-503.

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Expression and purification of nine nucleocapsid proteins from coronaviruses

Hui-wen XU, Yan-bin WANG, Chao WU, Jian-wei WANG, Tao HONG   

  1. Institute of Pathogen Biology,CAMS& PUMC Institute of Pathogen Biology,CAMS& PUMC
  • Received:2009-03-02 Revised:2009-03-13 Online:2009-05-25 Published:2009-05-25
  • Contact: Jian-wei WANG,

Abstract: Objective To explore the conditions of the expression and purification of nucleocapsid proteins of human coronaviruses SARS-CoV, HCoV-229E, HCoV-OC43, HCoV-NL63 and HCoV-HKU1, animal coronaviruses bovine coronavirus, murine hepatitis virus, feline infectious peritonitis virus, and infectious bronchitis virus. Methods The pET-30a-based recombinant plasmids containing full length nucleocapsid(N) protein of coronaviruses were transformed into E.coil BL21(DE3) competent cells and were induced to express N proteins by IPTG. The expression products were purified by ion exchange chromatography and Ni 2+ affinity chromatography, and were verified by SDS-PAGE and Western blot. Results Nine coronavirus nucleocapsid proteins with correct Mr were solubly expressed and highly purified with purity >90%. Conclusion Successfully expressed nine recombinant nucleocapsid proteins with high purity in E. Coli,which provides materials to study the function of these coronavirus N proteins.

Key words: SARS-CoV, Nucleocapsid protein, Purification