Structural and functional characterization of a new recombinant histidine-tagged acyl coenzyme A binding protein (ACBP) from mouse. Academic Article uri icon


  • Acyl coenzyme A binding protein (ACBP) has been proposed to transport fatty acyl CoAs intracellularly, facilitating their metabolism. In this study, a new mouse recombinant ACBP was produced by insertion of a histidine (his) tag at the C-terminus to allow efficient purification by Ni-affinity chromatography. The his-tag was inserted at the C-terminus since ACBP is a small molecular size (10 kDa) protein whose structure and activity are sensitive to amino acid substitutions in the N-terminus. The his-tag had no or little effect on ACBP structure or ligand binding affinity and specificity. His-ACBP bound the naturally occurring fluorescent cis-parinaroyl-CoA with very high affinity (K(d)=2.15 nM), but exhibited no affinity for non-esterified cis-parinaric acid. To determine if the presence of the C-terminal his-tag altered ACBP interactions with other proteins, direct binding to hepatocyte nuclear factor-4alpha (HNF-4alpha), a nuclear receptor regulating transcription of genes involved in lipid metabolism, was examined. His-ACBP and HNF-4alpha were labeled with Cy5 and Cy3, respectively, and direct interaction was determined by a novel fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) binding assay. FRET analysis showed that his-ACBP directly interacted with HNF-4alpha (intermolecular distance of 73 A) at high affinity (K(d)=64-111 nM) similar to native ACBP. The his-tag also had no effect on ACBPs ability to interact with and stimulate microsomal enzymes utilizing or forming fatty acyl CoA. Thus, C-terminal his-tagged-ACBP maintained very similar structural and functional features of the untagged native protein and can be used in further in vitro experiments that require pure recombinant ACBP.

published proceedings

  • Protein Expr Purif

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Petrescu, A. D., Huang, H., Hostetler, H. A., Schroeder, F., & Kier, A. B.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Petrescu, Anca D||Huang, Huan||Hostetler, Heather A||Schroeder, Friedhelm||Kier, Ann B

publication date

  • January 2008