Functional Characterization of Cell-Free Expressed OprF Porin from Pseudomonas aeruginosa Stably Incorporated in Tethered Lipid Bilayers

Published on Sep 26, 2017in Langmuir3.683
· DOI :10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01731
Marco Maccarini5
Estimated H-index: 5
Landry Gayet1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 5 AuthorsDonald K. Martin20
Estimated H-index: 20
OprF has a central role in Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence and thus provides a putative target for either vaccines or antibiotic cofactors that could overcome the bacterium’s natural resistance to antibiotics. Here we describe a procedure to optimize the production of highly pure and functional OprF porins that are then incorporated into a tethered lipid bilayer. This is a stable biomimetic system that provides the capability to investigate structural aspects and function of OprF using and neutron reflectometry and electrical impedance spectroscopy. The recombinant OprF produced using the optimized cell-free procedure yielded a quantity of between 0.5 to 1.0 mg/mL with a purity ranging from 85 to 91% in the proteoliposomes. The recombinant OprF is capable of binding IFN-γ and is correctly folded in the proteoliposomes. Because OprF proteins form pores the biomimetic system allowed the measurement of OprF conductance using impedance spectroscopy. The neutron reflectometry measurements showed that the OprF...
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