In order to analyze the role of the pro-sequence in folding of the alkaline serine protease subtilisin, localized random mutagenesis using the polymerase chain reaction with Taq DNA polymerase was employed to obtain mutations in the pro-sequence which prevent production of active protease. The unique aspect of this procedure is that random mutations can be easily generated in vitro over large but defined regions of a specific gene. The method was applied to a 458-base pair fragment encompassing the coding region of the pro-sequence of subtilisin, a region of the protein which has been shown to be required for proper folding. Protease-deficient mutants containing a variety of amino acid substitutions were isolated with a frequency of 4.3%. From analysis of these mutants, four independent amino acid substitution mutations in the pro-sequence were identified. The present results demonstrate that polymerase chain reaction is an efficient and simple method for obtaining random mutations within a localized region of a given gene.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1990|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology