Single amino acid changes in the Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis delta-endotoxin affect the toxicity and expression of the protein.


:Site-directed mutagenesis has been used to change individual amino acids of the larvicidal 27,000 Mr delta-endotoxin of Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis. Basic and acidic residues have been systematically replaced by alanine, and the resulting mutant polypeptides analysed for cytolytic and larvicidal activity, and binding to phosphatidyl choline liposomes. Replacement of residues at positions 154, 163, 164, 213 and 225 results in proteins which accumulate as inclusions in recombinant Bacillus subtilis cells similar to the wild-type, but have considerably reduced in-vitro and in-vivo toxicity. One mutant (Glu45 to Ala45) results in a protein that has reduced activity in vitro, but retains wild-type larvicidal toxicity. In addition, seven other mutations of charged residues result in proteins which form small or no inclusions in recombinant cells, despite being produced at levels similar to the wild-type in six out of seven cases. In most instances, the toxicity of these aberrantly expressed proteins is considerably less than the wild-type, although one (Lys124 to Ala124) results in a polypeptide with approximately threefold increased activity in vitro. A secondary structural model is proposed to explain these observations.


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Ward ES,Ellar DJ,Chilcott CN




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