American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Molecular Cloning and Heterologous Expression of Human Interferon Alpha2b Gene

I. Made Artika, Yemima Budirahardja and Anna Lucia Ekowati

DOI : 10.3844/ajbbsp.2013.423.429

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Volume 9, Issue 4

Pages 423-429


Human alpha Interferons (hIFNα) have been shown to have antiviral, antiproliferative and immunomodulatory activities. The human interferon alpha2b (hIFNα2b), is one of the human interferon alpha2 sub variants, naturally synthesized as a polypeptide of 188 amino acid residues, the first 23 residues of which represents a signal peptide. In the present study, the hIFNα2b gene was expressed after being fused with Glutathione S-Transferase (GST) gene. The hIFNα2b gene was amplified from human genomic DNA by using a pair of specific primers, cloned into an Escherichia coli expression vector and expressed in E. coli cells under the direction of the tac promoter. The expressed protein was purified using a one-step affinity chromatography column containing immobilized gluthatione-bound resin. The purified protein was shown to react specifically with anti-human-interferon-alpha antibody, confirming that the protein was the human interferon alpha molecule. This strategy has the potential to be used as an alternative mean for production of pure human interferon α proteins for therapeutic purposes and for further studies on their molecular characterization and mechanism of action.


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