5'-Methylthioadenosine phosphorylase gene maps on the 9p21 chromosome, strictly linked to the important tumor suppressor gene p16(INK4A). Chromosomal deletions encompassing both the phosphorylase and p16(INK4A) genes cause the complete absence of the enzymatic activity in a large number of tumors, thus resulting in well-defined metabolic differences between malignant and normal cells. Recently, the cloning of the phosphorylase gene has been reported on the basis of indirect evidence. In order to demonstrate definitely the identification of 5'-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase gene, we have cloned the putative enzyme coding sequence in a prokaryotic expression vector and expressed the protein in bacteria. The recombinant phosphorylase has been purified to homogeneity and its physicochemical, immunological and kinetic features have been characterized. The results obtained allowed the conclusive demonstration of 5'-methylthioadenosine phosphorylase gene cloning and the use of recombinant protein for further characterization.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 25 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology