Expression and purification of the N-terminal regulatory domain of Protein Kinase C for biophysical studies. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the protocol for heterologous expression and purification of the N-terminal regulatory region of two Protein Kinase C (PKC)(1) isozymes, one conventional and one novel. Previous studies of these domains relied almost exclusively on the fusion constructs with high-molecular-weight solubility fusion partners such as GST and MBP. We developed experimental procedures that enabled us to overcome challenges associated with the amphiphilic character of the regulatory domain and generate sufficient quantities of fusion partner-free proteins for biophysical work. The key features of the protocol are the identity of the cleavable fusion partner, expression conditions, growth medium additives, introduction of mutation/solubility tags, and incorporation of osmolytes. The protein yields are sufficient for cost-effective production of isotopically enriched proteins for NMR work and biophysical studies in general. Our work opens up an avenue for the structural studies of these challenging proteins with high amphiphilic character.

published proceedings

  • Protein Expr Purif

author list (cited authors)

  • Cole, T. R., & Igumenova, T. I.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Cole, Taylor R||Igumenova, Tatyana I

publication date

  • June 2015