Research Article: ESCORTing proteins directly from whole cell-lysate for single-molecule studies

Date Published: October 15, 2017

Publisher: Elsevier

Author(s): Shwetha Srinivasan, Jagadish P. Hazra, Gayathri S. Singaraju, Debadutta Deb, Sabyasachi Rakshit.


We have developed a method for Enzymatic Sortase-assisted Covalent Orientation-specific Restraint Tethering (ESCORT) recombinant proteins onto surfaces directly from cell-lysate. With an improved surface passivation method, we obviate the cumbersome purification steps even for single molecule studies that demand high purity in the sample. We demonstrated high-specificity of the method, high-passivity of the surface and uncompromised functional integrity of anchored proteins using single molecule fluorescence and force-mapping. We anticipate that this method will substantially reduce the investment by way of time, money and energy in the area of single molecule studies.

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Interaction of proteins with biological and chemical molecules plays an important role in various cellular biosynthetic and degradation pathways controlling major processes in living organisms [1]. Quantitative understanding of these interactions is of primary importance to gain insight into different basic biochemical processes happening inside a living organism.

G.S.S. and S.R. conceived the idea for the project. S.S. and J.P.H. performed the experiments. G.S.S. has contributed in the force-mapping using AFM. S.S. and S.R. prepared the manuscript. G.S.S. and D.D. expressed and purified Sortase A, Cdh23 and Pcdh15.

Authors declare no competing financial interests.




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