A full-length cDNA coding a human β2-glycoprotein I (β2-GPI) was introduced into the baculovirus genome to construct a recombinant baculovirus. Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) cells were infected with the recombinant baculovirus. A protein (mol. wt 43000) reactive with anti-β2-GPI antisera was produced in the insect cells and secreted into the culture medium. The recombinant β2-GPI was purified from the culture supernatant by sequential cardiolipin (CL)-affinity column chromatography and gel filtration. The N-terminal amino acid sequence of the protein was identical to that of the native β2-GPI purified from human sera, and a putative signal peptide was cleaved from the secreted form of the recombinant protein. The purified recombinant protein had a cofactor activity which enhances CL binding of anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, as well as the native β2-GPI. Thus, the β2-GPI expressed in insect cells is an immunologically active cofactor.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Clinical and Experimental Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
- anticardiolipin antibodies
- baculovirus expression
- recombinant DNA
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