Chimeric and Recombinant Protein Reagents for Cellular Analysis and Immunoassays
Human Parathyroid Hormone
AdvisorAspinwall, Craig A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractDevelopment of chimeric, recombinant peptides, proteins and enzymes expands the availability of protein/enzyme–based tools for cellular analysis and new assay platforms. Ideal protein reagents for cellular analysis must translocate into a variety of cells with minimum cell damage, retain stability and biological activity within the cell during analysis, and provide a reliable, measurable signal. This work focused on development, characterization and utilization of chimeric recombinant peptide, protein and enzyme reagents for cellular analysis and immunoassays. A cell-penetrating, fluorescent protein substrate (PKAS) was developed to monitor intracellular protein kinase A activity in cells without the need for cellular transfection. PKAS translocated into HeLa cells, βTC-3 cells and pancreatic islets with minimal toxicity. Upon cellular loading, glucose dependent phosphorylation of PKAS was observed in both βTC-3 and pancreatic islets via capillary zone electrophoresis. In pancreatic islets, maximal PKAS phosphorylation (83 ± 6 %) was observed at 12 mM glucose, whereas maximal PKAS phosphorylation (86 ± 4 %) in βTC-3 cells was with 3 mM glucose indicating a left-shifted glucose sensitivity. A cell-penetrating luciferase chimera (Luc-TAT) and a cell-penetrating phospholipid nanoshell entrapped luciferase (Luc-PPN) was constructed to monitor dynamic changes in intracellular ATP levels in mammalian cells. Upon cellular loading, the activity of Luc-TAT and Luc-PPN was monitored with time. Luc-TAT lost approximately 50% activity within one hour, and decreased rapidly over time. In contrast Luc-PPNs retain approximately 95% activity in 1 hour and 77% after 12 hours showing longer biological lifetime. Luc-PPNs were able to detect dynamic ATP changes in intact HeLa cells in the presence of KCN and NaN3. The bioluminescence returned to background levels within 8-10 minutes after treatment with KCN, whereas NaN₃ showed ~ 40% reduction. Two novel recombinant human parathyroid hormone (hPTH) analogs hPTHEGFP and hPTH-Cys were prepared to develop immunoassays for PTH detection in clinical samples. Initial experiments show promise for these analogs for use in CZELIF based immunoassays. The analogs present a number of distinctive advantages for clinical assays and can be used to develop several immunoassay platforms.
Degree ProgramGraduate College