Why Do You Use Beef Heart Tissue And In Such Large Quantity


(Hint: Note that the 2,4-dinitrophenyl derivative involves the amino group of a side chain rather than the a-amino group.)

(e) Partial hydrolysis of the peptide followed by chro-matographic separation and sequence analysis yielded the following di- and tripeptides (the amino-terminal amino acid is always at the left):

Leu-Phe Phe-Pro Orn-Leu Val-Orn

Val-Orn-Leu Phe-Pro-Val Pro-Val-Orn

Given the above information, deduce the amino acid sequence of the peptide antibiotic. Show your reasoning. When you have arrived at a structure, demonstrate that it is consistent with each experimental observation.

17. Efficiency in Peptide Sequencing A peptide with the primary structure Lys-Arg-Pro-Leu-Ile-Asp-Gly-Ala is se-quenced by the Edman procedure. If each Edman cycle is 96% efficient, what percentage of the amino acids liberated in the fourth cycle will be leucine? Do the calculation a second time, but assume a 99% efficiency for each cycle.

18. Biochemistry Protocols: Your First Protein Purification As the newest and least experienced student in a biochemistry research lab, your first few weeks are spent washing glassware and labeling test tubes. You then graduate to making buffers and stock solutions for use in various laboratory procedures. Finally, you are given responsibility for purifying a protein. It is a citric acid cycle enzyme, citrate synthase, located in the mitochondrial matrix. Following a protocol for the purification, you proceed through the steps below. As you work, a more experienced student questions you about the rationale for each procedure. Supply the answers. (Hint: See Chapter 2 for information about osmolar-ity; see p. 6 for information on separation of organelles from cells.)

(a) You pick up 20 kg of beef hearts from a nearby slaughterhouse. You transport the hearts on ice, and perform each step of the purification on ice or in a walk-in cold room. You homogenize the beef heart tissue in a high-speed blender in a medium containing 0.2 m sucrose, buffered to a pH of 7.2. Why do you use beef heart tissue, and in such large quantity? What is the purpose of keeping the tissue cold and suspending it in 0.2 m sucrose, at pH 7.2? What happens to the tissue when it is homogenized?

(b) You subject the resulting heart homogenate, which is dense and opaque, to a series of differential centrifugation steps. What does this accomplish?

(c) You proceed with the purification using the supernatant fraction that contains mostly intact mitochondria. Next you osmotically lyse the mitochondria. The lysate, which is less dense than the homogenate, but still opaque, consists primarily of mitochondrial membranes and internal mitochondrial contents. To this lysate you add ammonium sulfate, a highly soluble salt, to a specific concentration. You centrifuge the solution, decant the supernatant, and discard the pellet. To the supernatant, which is clearer than the lysate, you add more ammonium sulfate. Once again, you centrifuge the sample, but this time you save the pellet because it contains the protein of interest. What is the rationale for the two-step addition of the salt?

(d) You solubilize the ammonium sulfate pellet containing the mitochondrial proteins and dialyze it overnight against large volumes of buffered (pH 7.2) solution. Why isn't ammonium sulfate included in the dialysis buffer? Why do you use the buffer solution instead of water?

(e) You run the dialyzed solution over a size-exclusion chromatographic column. Following the protocol, you collect the first protein fraction that exits the column, and discard the rest of the fractions that elute from the column later. You detect the protein by measuring UV absorbance (at 280 nm) in the fractions. What does the instruction to collect the first fraction tell you about the protein? Why is UV absorbance at 280 nm a good way to monitor for the presence of protein in the eluted fractions?

(f) You place the fraction collected in (e) on a cation-exchange chromatographic column. After discarding the initial solution that exits the column (the flowthrough), you add a washing solution of higher pH to the column and collect the protein fraction that immediately elutes. Explain what you are doing.

(g) You run a small sample of your fraction, now very reduced in volume and quite clear (though tinged pink), on an isoelectric focusing gel. When stained, the gel shows three sharp bands. According to the protocol, the protein of interest is the one with the pI of 5.6, but you decide to do one more assay of the protein's purity. You cut out the pI 5.6 band and subject it to SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The protein resolves as a single band. Why were you unconvinced of the purity of the "single" protein band on your isoelectric focusing gel? What did the results of the SDS gel tell you? Why is it important to do the SDS gel electrophoresis after the isoelectric focusing?

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  • fre-qalsi
    Why do you use beef heart tissue and in such large quantity?
    4 years ago
  • tewelde
    Why is beef heart tissue used in prorein purification?
    4 years ago
  • nadine
    Why do we use beef heart tissue for protein purification?
    3 years ago

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