Russian Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 401–409 | Cite as

Recombinant fluorescent models for studying the diphtheria toxin

  • A. J. Labyntsev
  • N. V. Korotkevych
  • K. J. Manoilov
  • A. A. Kaberniuk
  • D. V. Kolybo
  • S. V. Komisarenko


Diphtheria toxin is a major factor of the pathogenicity of the causative agent of diphtheria Corynebacterium. Due to a small size, it is of considerable interest as the basis for the development of synthetic protein molecules with a transport function, e.g., immunotoxins. In this work we describe the expression and characterized nontoxic recombinant fluorescent derivatives of the diphtheria toxin and its nontoxic CRM197 mutant. The proteins obtained can be used for studying receptor-binding and transport functions of the toxin in cells, evaluation of the expression level of the toxin proHB-EGF receptor membranes, immunization and generation of specific antibodies against the toxin, as well as for the development of diagnostic test-systems for the diphtheria toxin and antitoxic antibodies.


fluorescent proteins molecular cloning proHB-EGF recombinant nontoxic bacterial toxin analogues 



diphtheria toxin


bovine serum albumin






a lethal dose


phosphate buffered saline


precursor of the heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor


polyvinyl alcohol


a diphtheria toxin R domain

SbA and SbB

diphtheria toxin A and B subunits


splicing with overlap extension PCR


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Labyntsev
    • 1
  • N. V. Korotkevych
    • 1
  • K. J. Manoilov
    • 1
  • A. A. Kaberniuk
    • 2
  • D. V. Kolybo
    • 1
  • S. V. Komisarenko
    • 1
  1. 1.A.V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of UkraineKyivUkraine
  2. 2.Albert Einstein College of Yeshiva UniversityBronxUSA

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