Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 169, Issue 1, pp 77–87 | Cite as

Enzymatic Characterization of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Reverse Transcriptase for Use in cDNA Synthesis

  • Atsushi Konishi
  • Mayu Shinomura
  • Kiyoshi Yasukawa


The aim of this study is to explore the advantages of using human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) reverse transcriptase (RT) in cDNA synthesis. Recombinant HIV-1 group M (HIV-1 M) RT and HIV-1 group O (HIV-1 O) RT were produced in an Escherichia coli expression system. In the incorporation of dTTP into poly(rA)-p(dT)15 (T/P), the Km values for dTTP of HIV-1 M RT and HIV-1 O RT were 8 and 12 % of that of Moloney murine leukemia virus (MMLV) RT, respectively, and the Km values for T/P were 25 and 23 % of that of MMLV RT, respectively. Compared with MMLV RT, HIV-1 M RT and HIV-1 O RT were less susceptible to formamide, which is frequently used for cDNA synthesis with a G + C-rich RNA to improve specificity. The high substrate affinity and low susceptibility to formamide of HIV-1 RT might be advantageous for its use in cDNA synthesis.


cDNA Formamide HIV-1 MMLV Reverse transcriptase 

Dimethyl sulfoxide


Human immunodeficiency virus type 1


HIV-1 group M


HIV-1 group O


Moloney murine leukemia virus


Phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride


Reverse transcriptase



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Atsushi Konishi
    • 1
  • Mayu Shinomura
    • 1
  • Kiyoshi Yasukawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Food Science and BiotechnologyGraduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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