The primary structure of the 32-kDa subunit of human replication protein A

L. F. Erdile, M. S. Wold, T. J. Kelly

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Replication protein A (RP-A) is a complex of three polypeptides of molecular mass 70, 32, and 14 kDa, which is absolutely required for simian virus 40 DNA replication in vitro. We have isolated a cDNA coding for the 32-kDa subunit of RP-A. An oligonucleotide probe was constructed based upon a tryptic peptide sequence derived from whole RP-A, and clones were isolated from a λgt11 library containing HeLa cDNA inserts. The amino acid sequence predicted from the cDNA contains the peptide sequence obtained from whole RP-A along with two sequences obtained from tryptic peptides derived from sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel-purified 32-kDa subunit. The coding sequence predicts a protein of 29,228 daltons, in good agreement with the electrophoretically determined molecular mass of the 32-kDa subunit. No significant homology was found with any of the sequences in the GenBank data base. The protein predicted from the cDNA has an N-terminal region rich in glycine and serine along with two acidic and two basic segments. Monoclonal antibodies have been raised against the 70- and 32-kDa subunits of RP-A. The cloned cDNA has been overexpressed in bacteria using an inducible T7 expression system. The protein made in bacteria is recognized by a monoclonal antibody that is specific for the 32-kDa subunit of RP-A. This monoclonal antibody against the 32-kDA subunit inhibits DNA replication in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3177-3182
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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