Expression and properties of the recombinant murine Golli-Myelin basic protein isoform J37

Jaspreet Kaur, David S. Libich, Celia W. Campagnoni, D. Denise Wood, Mario A. Moscarello, Anthony T. Campagnoni, George Harauz

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A recombinant form of the murine Golli-myelin basic protein (MBP) isoform J37 (rmJ37) has been expressed in Escherichia coli and isolated to 95% purity via metal chelation and ion exchange chromatography. The protein did not aggregate lipid vesicles containing acidic phospholipids, unlike the 18.5 kDa isoform of MBP. This result is consistent with J37 having a functional role prior to the assembly of compact myelin. Circular dichroic spectroscopy showed that rmJ37 had a large proportion of random coil in aqueous solution but gained α-helix and β-sheet in the presence of monosialoganglioside GM1 and PI(4)P. Thus, like "classic" MBP, J37 is intrinsically unstructured, and its conformation depends on its environment and bound ligands. Analyses of the amino acid sequence of rmJ37 predicted an N-terminal calmodulin (CaM)-binding site. It was determined via a gelshift assay and fluorescence spectroscopy that rmJ37 and CaM interacted in a 1:1 ratio in a Ca2+-dependent manner. However, the interaction was weak compared with 18.5 kDa MBP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-784
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Calmodulin
  • Circular dichroism
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Genes of oligodendrocyte lineage (Golli)
  • J37
  • Lipid aggregation
  • MBP
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Myelin basic protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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