Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.518, No.3, 533-540, 2019
A CUGGU/UUGGU-specific MazF homologue from Methanohalobium evestigatum
MazF is a sequence-specific endoribonuclease or mRNA interferase, which cleaves RNA at a specific sequence. Since the expression of a specific gene or a group of specific genes can be regulated by MazF, expanding the repertoire of recognition sequences by MazF mRNA interferases is highly desirable for biotechnological and medical applications. Here, we identified a gene for a MazF homologue (MazFme) from Methanohalobium evestigatum, an extremely halophilic archaeon. In order to suppress the toxicity of MazFme to the E. coli cells, the C-terminal half of the cognate antitoxin MazEme was fused to the Nterminal end of MazFme. Since the fusion of the C-terminal half of MazEme to MazFme was able to neutralize MazFme toxicity, the MazEme-MazFme fusion protein was expressed in a large amount without any toxic effects. After purification of the MazEme, the free MazFme RNA cleavage specificity was determined by primer extension and synthetic ribonucleotides, revealing that MazFme is a CUGGU/ UUGGU-specific endoribonuclease. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.