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Small laccase from streptomyces coelicolor—an ideal model protein/enzyme for undergraduate laboratory experience

Abstract

A one semester undergraduate biochemistry laboratory experience is described for an understanding of recombinant technology from gene cloning to protein characterization. An integrated experimental design includes three sequential modules: molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, and protein analysis and characterization. Students perform the tasks of cloning, expression, purification, analysis, and characterization of small laccase (SLAC) from Streptomyces coelicolor. SLAC is an extremely robust well‐characterized protein/enzyme, which serves as an ideal model for undergraduate teaching laboratories. Also, this goal‐oriented research‐like approach helps students to unite the concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology and appreciate the utility of the methods more effectively. A student assessment before and after the course demonstrated an overall increase in learning and enthusiasm on the topic of modern protein chemistry. © 2017 by The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2017.

Authors:   Ryan Cook, Drew Hannon, Jonathan N. Southard, Sudipta Majumdar
Journal:   Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Year:   2017
Pages:   n/a
DOI:   10.1002/bmb.21102
Publication date:   23-Dec-2017
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