African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12405

Full Length Research Paper

Cloning and expression of a tomato glutathione S- transferase (GST) in Escherichia coli

  Dongli Pei1, Jinping Ding1, Zilei Duan1, Meng Li1, Yiyang Feng1 and Chengwei Li1,2*        
  1Key laboratory of Plant-Microbe Interaction, Department of Life Science, Shangqiu Normal University, Shangqiu 476000, China. 2Key Laboratory of Plant Genetics and Molecular Breeding, Department of Life Science, Zhoukou Normal University, Zhoukou 466001, China.
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  •  Accepted: 01 March 2012
  •  Published: 20 March 2012



Glutathione S- transferases (GSTs) fulfill a diverse range of functions in an organism. In a previous study, a putative glutathione S-transferase gene (ShGSTU1) from a wild-type tomato, Solanum habrochaites G1.1560, was identified to be a key gene in pathogen resistant response against powdery mildew in tomato. In this study,ShGSTU1 was cloned into plasmid pET-28a, efficiently expressed in Escherichia coliupon isopropyl-β-D-1-thiogalactopyronoside (IPTG) induction, purified with Ni2+ affinity chromatography and biochemically characterized. The results show that the optimal conditions for the expression of recombinant ShGSTU1 in E. coli were growth under 37°C, and 4-h IPTG induction with 1 mM concentration. About 18.93 mg ShGSTU1 was recovered from 1 g wet bacteria. The recombinant ShGSTU1 exhibited enzymatic activity with specific activity 0.625 U/mg. These results might provide a significant foundation for the later research on the mechanism of ShGSTU1 in tomato resistance to powdery mildew.


Key words: Tomato, glutathione S-transferase, expression, purification, enzyme activity.


GSTs, Glutathione S- transferases; IPTG, isopropyl-β-D-1-thiogalactopyronoside.