R-Ras Protein: wild-type

R-Ras Protein: wild-type


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Product Uses

  • Study of R-Ras exchange activity with different GEFs.
  • Identification of R-Ras exchange factors (GEFs)
  • Positive control for GEF studies.
  • Biochemical characterization of R-Ras protein interactions
  • Western blot standard


The wild-type human R-Ras protein has been produced in a bacterial expression system.  The  recombinant protein contains six histidine residues at its amino terminus (His-tag).  The molecular weight of 6xHis tagged R-Ras is approximately 25 kDa and is supplied as a white lyophilized powder.



Before reconstitution, briefly centrifuge to collect the product at the bottom of the tube.  The protein should be reconstituted to 5 mg/ml with the addition of 20 µl of Milli-Q water (100 µg size).  When reconstituted, the protein will be in the following buffer: 50 mM Tris pH 7.5, 50 mM NaCl, 0.5 mM MgCl2, 5% (w/v) sucrose and 1%  (w/v) dextran.  In order to maintain high biological activity of the protein it is strongly recommended that the protein solution be supplemented with DTT to 1 mM final concentration, aliquoted into  "experiment sized" amounts, snap frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored a -70°C. The protein is stable for six months if stored at -70°C. The protein should not be exposed to repeated freeze-thaw cycles.  The lyophilized protein is stable at 4°C desiccated (<10% humidity) for one year.



Protein purity is determined by scanning densitometry of Coomassie Blue stained protein on a 4-20% polyacrylamide gradient gel.  His tagged R-Ras protein was determined to be >90% pure. (see Figure 1).

Biological Activity Assay

The biological activity of R-Ras can be determined from the ability of the SOS1 exchange domain (SOS1-ExD) to catalyze the exchange of GDP for GTP on R-Ras. A standard biological assay for monitoring the biological activity of R-Ras is an exchange assay utilizing the 2X Exchange Buffer from the Rho-GEF exchange assay kit (Cat.# BK100) and the human SOS1 GEF domain (Cat.# CS-SOS1).

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