Expression and purification of two CRISPR-CAS proteins, Csm3 and Csm5 from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Science


One third of the World's population is infected with tuberculosis (TB). TB disease is caused by bacterium called Mycobacterim tuberculosis, which is a facultative intracellular parasite that is transferred through the air from one person to another in close contact. A six month course of four antimicrobial drugs is the only current treatment for drug-sensitive TB. However, multi-drug resistance TB is difficult to treat. Phage therapy might be one answer as a treatment for multi-drug resistance TB. In order for phage therapy to have a chance against TB, the immune system of bacteria, known as CRISPR/Cas needs to be inhibited. Our lab has taken a structural and biochemical approach to try to understand the CRISPR/Cas system in M. tuberculosis. We have cloned, expressed, and purified individual Csm proteins from the H37Rv M. tuberculosis strain. Two Csm protein, Csm3 and Csm5 were successfully purified to homogeneity in yields suitable for structure and biochemical studies. While to date, each has failed to produce crystals, the ability to the express and purify each of these proteins will allow further biochemical characterization of Csm3 and Csm5.




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