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J Biol Chem 1994 Sep 02;26935:22340-6.
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Characterization of a 78-residue fragment of c-Raf-1 that comprises a minimal binding domain for the interaction with Ras-GTP.

Scheffler JE , Waugh DS , Bekesi E , Kiefer SE , LoSardo JE , Neri A , Prinzo KM , Tsao KL , Wegrzynski B , Emerson SD .

Four overlapping peptide fragments of human c-Raf-1 (residues 55-132, 55-117, 77-132, and 77-117) were expressed in Escherichia coli as carboxyl-terminal extensions of maltose binding protein (MBP). The MBP-Raf fusions were purified by affinity chromatography on amylose resin and tested for binding to Ras.GTP indirectly by measuring their ability to inhibit the stimulation of Ras GTPase activity by GTPase activating protein (GAP120) in vitro. MBP-Raf(55-132) was a potent inhibitor in this assay (50% inhibition at 100 nM concentration), but the other fusion proteins had no measurable effect. The fusion partners were cleaved with Factor Xa protease and separated by gel filtration. The 8960-dalton Raf(55-132) fragment retained full activity as a competitive inhibitor of GAP120. It also blocked Ras-stimulated germinal vesicle breakdown in frog oocytes. Raf(55-132) was further characterized by circular dichroism and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The results indicate that this fragment of c-Raf-1 adopts a highly structured, monomeric conformation in solution.

PubMed ID: 8071362
Article link: J Biol Chem

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: mbp raf1