Expression, purification and oligomerization of the S-adenosylmethionine transporter.

Research paper by Dandan D Wang, Meizi M Liu, Xuemiao X Li, Xiaoqiang X Wang, Yuequan Y Shen

Indexed on: 27 Apr '20Published on: 27 Apr '20Published in: Protein Expression and Purification


The S-adenosylmethionine carrier (SAMC) is a membrane transport protein located on the inner membrane of mitochondria that catalyzes the import of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) into the mitochondrial matrix. SAMC mutations can cause a series of mitochondrial defects, including those affecting RNA stability, protein modification, mitochondrial translation and biosynthesis. Here, we describe the expression, purification and oligomerization of SAMC. The SAMC genes from three species were cloned into a eukaryotic expression vector with a GFP tag, and confocal microscopy analysis showed that these SAMCs were localized to mitochondria. A BacMam expression system was used for the expression of D. rerio SAMC with a FLAG tag. A size-exclusion chromatography analysis showed that SAMC may form a hexamer. A negative-staining electron microscopy analysis showed that SAMC formed tiny uniform particles and also confirmed the oligomerization of SAMC. Copyright © 2020. Published by Elsevier Inc.