A recombinant hexahistidine-tagged 18.5-kDa isoform of murine myelin basic protein has been characterized biochemically and immunogenically, by mass spectrometry, by circular dichroism under various conditions (in aqueous solution, with monosialoganglioside GM(M1), and in 89% 2-propanol), and by transmission electron microscopy. The preparations of this protein indicated a high degree of purity and homogeneity, with no significant posttranslational modifications. Circular dichroic spectra showed that this preparation had the same degree of secondary structure as the natural bovine 18.5-kDa isoform of myelin basic protein. Incubation of the recombinant protein with lipid monolayers containing a nickel-chelating lipid resulted in the formation of fibrous assemblies that formed paracrystals of spacings 4.8 nm between fibers and 3-4 nm along them.
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