Tag-Free Semi-Synthesis of the Tau Protein
Expressed protein ligation (EPL) is a valuable tool to study site-specific functionalities on proteins such as posttranslational modifications. The purification of such ligation products from EPL mixtures can be cumbersome due to a small size difference between the expressed protein portion and the desired ligated protein. Therefore, affinity tags are often required, which remain on the protein after purification. Herein, we present an efficient protocol to install a photocleavable biotin building block on synthetic C-terminal tau[390–441] and describe its use for purification of full-length semi-synthetic tau[1–441].
Key wordsExpressed protein ligation Photocleavable biotin Semi-synthesis Affinity purification Traceless linker