Purification and use of E. coli peptide deformylase for peptide deprotection in chemoenzymatic peptide synthesis

Claudia Di Toma, Theo Sonke, Peter J. Quaedflieg, Dick B. Janssen*

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Peptide deformylases (PDFs) catalyze the removal of the formyl group from the N-terminal methionine residue in nascent polypeptide chains in prokaryotes. Its deformylation activity makes PDF an attractive candidate for the biocatalytic deprotection of formylated peptides that are used in chemoenzymatic peptide synthesis. For this application it is essential to use PDF preparations that are free of contamination by peptidases that can cleave internal peptide bonds. Therefore, different purification methods were attempted and an industrially applicable purification procedure was developed based on a single anion-exchange chromatography step of an engineered PDF variant that was equipped with an anionic octaglutamate tag. The deformylation activity and stability of the engineered enzyme were similar to those of the wild-type PDF. This purification method furnished a PDF preparation with a 1500-fold decreased level of contamination by amidases and peptidases as compared to cell-free extract. It was shown that the enzyme could be used for deprotection of a formylated dipeptide that was prepared by thermolysin-mediated coupling. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)73-79
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftProtein Expression and Purification
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - mei-2013

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