Cyanogen bromide digestion of the avian myeloblastosis virus pp19 protein: Isolation of an amino-terminal peptide that binds to viral RNA

S. P. Johnson, M. Veigl, T. Vanaman, J. Leis

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Abstract

The avian myeloblastosis virus pp19 protein was separated from the other virus proteins by a rapid and simple purification procedure which yields milligram amount of homogeneous protein. This protein was then fragmented by digestion with cyanogen bromide. When the mixture of the cyanogen bromide peptides was passed through a 60S avian myeloblastosis virus RNA-cellulose column, only one peptide bound with high affinity to the resin. The peptide migrated on a sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel with an approximate molecular weight of 2,900 and will be referred to as the p3B peptide. This peptide was also isolated directly by chromatography of the cyanogen bromide-digested pp19 protein on a reverse-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography column. It was again the only cyanogen bromide peptide of the pp19 protein that bound to the RNA affinity resin. The p3B peptide is a basic peptide, as was seen by its rapid migration on acid-urea-polyacrylamide gels and its amino acid composition. A partial amino acid sequence analysis of the p3B peptide indicated that it was derived from the amino terminus of the intact protein. Although the p3B peptide bound to 60S RNA, it did not demonstrate the selective binding of native pp19 to regions of the RNA containing secondary structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)876-881
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of virology
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology

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