Journal Article cDNA cloning and expression of Contractin A, a phospholipase A2-like protein from the globiferous pedicellariae of the venomous sea urchin Toxopneustes pileolus

Hatakeyama, Tomomitsu  ,  Higashi, Erika  ,  Nakagawa, Hideyuki

108pp.46 - 52 , 2015-12-15 , Elsevier Limited
Venomous sea urchins contain various biologically active proteins that are toxic to predators. Contractin A is one such protein contained within the globiferous pedicellariae of the venomous sea urchin Toxopneustes pileolus. This protein exhibits several biological activities, such as smooth muscle contraction and mitogenic activity. N-terminal amino acid residues of Contractin A have been determined up to 37 residues from the purified protein. In this study, we cloned cDNA for Contractin A by reverse transcription-PCR using degenerate primers designed on the basis of its N-terminal amino acid sequence. Analysis of the cDNA sequence indicated that Contractin A is composed of 166 amino acid residues including 31 residues of a putative signal sequence, and has homology to the sequence of phospholipase A2 from various organisms. In this study, recombinant Contractin A was expressed in Escherichia coli cells, and the protein was subjected to an assay to determine lipid-degrading activity using carboxyfluorescein-containing liposomes. As a result, Contractin A was found to exhibit Ca2+-dependent release of carboxyfluorescein from the liposomes, suggesting that Contractin A has phospholipase A2 activity, which may be closely associated with its biological activities.

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