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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 31, Number 4
BKCSDE 31(4)
April 20, 2010 

Identification and Cloning of the ClpB Gene in Psychromonas arctica by Inverse PCR and Cassette PCR Technology
Aeran Choi, Joomi Na, Minsun Sung, Hana Im, Kyunghee Lee*
ClpB, Psychophilic bacterium, Inverse PCR, IPTG induction
The family of ClpB protein is a molecular chaperone which protects cellular proteins from being aggregated upon exposure to severe environmental stresses in association with DnaK/DanJ/GrpE in the ATP-dependent manner. In a psychrophilic bacterium which survives at a subzero temperature, any functional role of cold-active ClpB protein can be rather crucial. In order to identify a ClpB encoding gene from a cold-adapted bacterium whose genome sequence has not been fully discovered, we have employed a series of PCR technologies, including a gradient PCR with homologous primers, an inverse PCR and a cassette PCR. The full sequence of PaclpB gene was successfully identified and compared with those of other psychrophilic species. We have further cloned the gene in E.coli expression systems and were able to induce PaClpB protein expression by IPTG, which help us understand a molecular mechanism for survival against extremely cold environments.
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