Gene. OverExpressTM C41 (DE3) and C43 (DE3) were purchased from Lucigen.

Gene. OverExpressTM C41 (DE3) and C43 (DE3) were purchased from Lucigen. DNA encoding the humanopioid receptor was provided by Qiagen (Germany). Ni-NTA was purchased from Qiagen (Germany). Superdex 200 (16/60) and analytical grade Superdex 200 HR 10/30 size exclusion chromatography were from GE Healthcare. All other chemicals were from either Sigma-Aldrich or Fluka. 256373-96-3 custom synthesis Fos-12 was purchased from Anatrace (Maumee, OH) and other 374913-63-0 detergents were purchased from GLYCON (Germany). Buffer A: 20 mM Tris Cl, 150 mM NaCl, 1676428 10 Glycerol, pH 8. Solubilisation buffer: 20 mM Tris?HCl, 300 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 1 Fos-12, 5 mM imidazole. Wash buffer: 20 mM Tris Cl, 300 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 0.1 Fos-12, 25 mM imidazole. Elution buffer: 20 mM Tris Cl, 300 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 0.1 Fos-12, 300 mM imidazole. Gel filtration buffer: 20 mM Tris?HCl, 150 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 0.1 Fos-12. Buffer B: 5 mM NaHPO4, 10 glycerol, 0.07 Fos-12, pH 7.5 (with or without 1 mM TCEP, as required).Expression of Recombinant OPRMFigure 7. Secondary structural analysis of purified OPRM protein. The Circular dichroism spectrum of OPRM at 25uC. Mean residue ellipticity [h] in degrees6cm26dmol21. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056500.gThe synthetic human mu opioid receptor gene (GENEART) was constructed into the Qiagen plasmid pQE-2 thereby encoding full-length OPRM with either an N-terminal or C-terminal decahistidine tag. Any codons that are rarely used in E. coli were avoided.OPRM from E. coliHigh Pressure Homogenizer EmulsiFlex-C3 (Avestin, Canada) or Constant Cell Disruption Systems (Constant Systems, UK) in buffer A plus 5 mM MgCl2, 2 mM ?ME, 1 mM EDTA, DNAse, lysozyme (1 mg/ml), supplemented with EDTA-free protease inhibitors (one tablet/50?00 ml, Roche). The cell lysate was centrifuged at 1000 g to remove unbroken cell and cell debris, followed by another centrifugation at 10000 g for 40 min to collect white inclusion bodies. The supernatant was further centrifuged at 100,000 g for 1 h to harvest a membrane fraction. Pellets were flash frozen and stored at 280uC until further use.Detergent Screening: Small Scale Solubilisation of OPRM1 g of the resulting membrane pellet was solubilised in 10?20 ml of solubilisation buffer (buffer A containing detergents or chaotropic agents). The following detergents were used as the solubilisers: 1 LDAO, 1 Fos-12, 1 DDM, 1 Cy6, 0.8 laurysarcosine, 1 SDS, 6 M urea. The solubilisation was allowed to proceed with gentle agitation at 4uC for 2 h. The solubilised supernatant was separated by centrifugation at 20,000 g (4uC, 0.5 h). The respective membrane fractions before and after solubilisation and the residue pellet were analyzed by western blot.Isolation of OPRMFigure 8. Interaction of OPRM with Endomorphin-1 by Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). SPR shows the apparent association increases in RU response with the addition of EM-1 at 25uC. The binding constant (KD) of EM-1 to OPRM was obtained from (Rmax-R)*C/R, where C is concentration of EM-1, total concentration of OPRM is proportional to maximum binding capacity Rmax, Concentration of complex is measured directly as Response Unit in R. A KD of 60.9618.1 nM for EM-1 was determined by fitting the data with a 1:1 interaction model. Error bars represent values of two duplicates. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056500.gExpression with autoinduction was carried out at 37uC [39]. Plasmids were transformed into the different E. coli expression strains: BL21-CodonPlus-RIL.Gene. OverExpressTM C41 (DE3) and C43 (DE3) were purchased from Lucigen. DNA encoding the humanopioid receptor was provided by Qiagen (Germany). Ni-NTA was purchased from Qiagen (Germany). Superdex 200 (16/60) and analytical grade Superdex 200 HR 10/30 size exclusion chromatography were from GE Healthcare. All other chemicals were from either Sigma-Aldrich or Fluka. Fos-12 was purchased from Anatrace (Maumee, OH) and other detergents were purchased from GLYCON (Germany). Buffer A: 20 mM Tris Cl, 150 mM NaCl, 1676428 10 Glycerol, pH 8. Solubilisation buffer: 20 mM Tris?HCl, 300 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 1 Fos-12, 5 mM imidazole. Wash buffer: 20 mM Tris Cl, 300 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 0.1 Fos-12, 25 mM imidazole. Elution buffer: 20 mM Tris Cl, 300 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 0.1 Fos-12, 300 mM imidazole. Gel filtration buffer: 20 mM Tris?HCl, 150 mM NaCl, 10 Glycerol, pH 8, 0.1 Fos-12. Buffer B: 5 mM NaHPO4, 10 glycerol, 0.07 Fos-12, pH 7.5 (with or without 1 mM TCEP, as required).Expression of Recombinant OPRMFigure 7. Secondary structural analysis of purified OPRM protein. The Circular dichroism spectrum of OPRM at 25uC. Mean residue ellipticity [h] in degrees6cm26dmol21. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056500.gThe synthetic human mu opioid receptor gene (GENEART) was constructed into the Qiagen plasmid pQE-2 thereby encoding full-length OPRM with either an N-terminal or C-terminal decahistidine tag. Any codons that are rarely used in E. coli were avoided.OPRM from E. coliHigh Pressure Homogenizer EmulsiFlex-C3 (Avestin, Canada) or Constant Cell Disruption Systems (Constant Systems, UK) in buffer A plus 5 mM MgCl2, 2 mM ?ME, 1 mM EDTA, DNAse, lysozyme (1 mg/ml), supplemented with EDTA-free protease inhibitors (one tablet/50?00 ml, Roche). The cell lysate was centrifuged at 1000 g to remove unbroken cell and cell debris, followed by another centrifugation at 10000 g for 40 min to collect white inclusion bodies. The supernatant was further centrifuged at 100,000 g for 1 h to harvest a membrane fraction. Pellets were flash frozen and stored at 280uC until further use.Detergent Screening: Small Scale Solubilisation of OPRM1 g of the resulting membrane pellet was solubilised in 10?20 ml of solubilisation buffer (buffer A containing detergents or chaotropic agents). The following detergents were used as the solubilisers: 1 LDAO, 1 Fos-12, 1 DDM, 1 Cy6, 0.8 laurysarcosine, 1 SDS, 6 M urea. The solubilisation was allowed to proceed with gentle agitation at 4uC for 2 h. The solubilised supernatant was separated by centrifugation at 20,000 g (4uC, 0.5 h). The respective membrane fractions before and after solubilisation and the residue pellet were analyzed by western blot.Isolation of OPRMFigure 8. Interaction of OPRM with Endomorphin-1 by Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). SPR shows the apparent association increases in RU response with the addition of EM-1 at 25uC. The binding constant (KD) of EM-1 to OPRM was obtained from (Rmax-R)*C/R, where C is concentration of EM-1, total concentration of OPRM is proportional to maximum binding capacity Rmax, Concentration of complex is measured directly as Response Unit in R. A KD of 60.9618.1 nM for EM-1 was determined by fitting the data with a 1:1 interaction model. Error bars represent values of two duplicates. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056500.gExpression with autoinduction was carried out at 37uC [39]. Plasmids were transformed into the different E. coli expression strains: BL21-CodonPlus-RIL.

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