High-yield expression and purification of isotopically labeled cytochrome P450 monooxygenases for solid-state NMR spectroscopy

Sanjeewa G. Rupasinghe, Hui Duan, Heather L. Frericks Schmidt, Deborah A. Berthold, Chad M. Rienstra, Mary A. Schuler

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Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s), which represent the major group of drug metabolizing enzymes in humans, also catalyze important synthetic and detoxicative reactions in insects, plants and many microbes. Flexibilities in their catalytic sites and membrane associations are thought to play central roles in substrate binding and catalytic specificity. To date, Escherichia coli expression strategies for structural analysis of eukaryotic membrane-bound P450s by X-ray crystallography have necessitated full or partial removal of their N-terminal signal anchor domain and, often, replacement of residues more peripherally associated with the membrane (such as the F-G loop region). Even with these modifications, investigations of P450 structural flexibility remain challenging with multiple single crystal conditions needed to identify spatial variations between substrate-free and different substrate-bound forms. To overcome these limitations, we have developed methods for the efficient expression of 13C- and 15N-labeled P450s and analysis of their structures by magic-angle spinning solid-state NMR (SSNMR) spectroscopy. In the presence of co-expressed GroEL and GroES chaperones, full-length (53 kDa) Arabidopsis 13C,15N-labeled His4CYP98A3 is expressed at yields of 2-4 mg per liter of minimal media without the necessity of generating side chain modifications or N-terminal deletions. Precipitated His4CYP98A3 generates high quality SSNMR spectra consistent with a homogeneous, folded protein. These data highlight the potential of these methodologies to contribute to the structural analysis of membrane-bound proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3061-3070
Number of pages10
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s)
  • Heterologous expression
  • Membrane protein
  • Solid-state NMR analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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