Eg5 kinesin motor domain protein (KIF11): GST tagged: Homo sapiens recombinant

Eg5 kinesin motor domain protein: GST tagged: Homo sapiens recombinant

Product uses

  • Measurement of microtubule-activated AT Pase activity
  • Identification/characterization of proteins or small molecules that affect motor ATPase activity
  • Identification/characterization of proteins or small molecules that affect kinesin motility
  • Identification/characterization of proteins or small molecules that affect motor/microtubule interactions

The conserved motor domain of human kinesin Eg5 (KIF11) was expressed in a prokaryotic system. The recombinant protein contains a GST-Tag at the amino terminal end and has a combined molecular weight of 74 kDa. The protein has been determined to be biologically active in a microtubule-activated ATPase activity test. The protein is supplied as a lyophilized powder.

Protein purity is determined by scanning densitometry of Coomassie Blue stained protein on a 12% polyacrylamide gel. All kinesin motor domains are >85% pure. See figure 1 for example purities.


Figure 1. Purity of kinesin motor domain proteins. BimC (BM01), CENP-E (CP01) and Eg5 (EG01) were run on SDS-PAGE gels and stained with coomassie blue.

Biological Activity - Microtubule Activated ATPase Assay
Eg5 ATPase activity was measured by monitoring real time free phosphate generation using the Kinesin ELIPA Assay Kit (Cat. # BK060). The assay is based upon an absorbance shift (330 nm to 360 nm) that occurs when 2-amino-6-mercapto-7-methylpurine ribonucleoside (MESG) is catalytically converted to 2-amino-6mercapto-7-methylpurine in the presence of inorganic phosphate (Pi). One molecule of Pi will yield one molecule of 2-amino-6mercapto-7-methylpurine in an essentially irreversible reaction. Hence, the absorbance at 360 nm is directly proportional to the amount of Pi generated in the kinesin ATPase reaction. Under the conditions outlined below, the Vmax for Eg5 microtubule-activated ATPase activity is >600 nmoles ATP generated per minute per mg of EG01 (Figure 2).


Figure 2. EG01 microtubule-activated ATPase activity using the Kinesin ELIPA Assay Kit (Cat. # BK060). Eg5 ATPase activity was assayed in duplicate according to the method described. Control reactions were carried out in the absence of motor protein and in the absence of microtubules, both control reactions gave negligible ATPase activity (data not shown).

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AuthorTitleJournalYearArticle Link
Saint-Dizier, François et al.Discovery of 2-(3-Benzamidopropanamido)thiazole-5-carboxylate Inhibitors of the Kinesin HSET (KIFC1) and the Development of Cellular Target Engagement ProbesJournal of Medicinal Chemistry2023ISSN 1520-4804
Fukai, Ryota et al.Design, synthesis, and evaluation of a novel prodrug, a S-trityl-L-cysteine derivative targeting kinesin spindle proteinEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry2021ISSN 1768-3254
Labrière, Christophe et al.New MKLP-2 inhibitors in the paprotrain series: Design, synthesis and biological evaluationsBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry2016ISSN 1464-3391
Carbajales, Carlos et al.Structure-based design of new KSP-Eg5 inhibitors assisted by a targeted multicomponent reactionChemBioChem2014ISSN 1439-7633
Funk, C. Joel et al.Development of high-throughput screens for discovery of kinesin adenosine triphosphatase modulatorsAnalytical Biochemistry2004ISSN 0003-2697
Wada, Yuuko et al.Evidence for a Novel Affinity Mechanism of Motor-assisted Transport Along MicrotubulesMolecular Biology of the Cell2000ISSN 1059-1524
Endow, Sharyn A. et al.Determinants of Kinesin Motor PolarityScience1998ISSN 0036-8075


Question 1:  What is the minimum concentration this kinesin motor protein can be stored at?

Answer 1: For storage at -70°C, the protein concentration should not be less than 5 mg/ml.  Kinesin diluted below 5 mg/ml should not be re-frozen as it will lose activity.


Question 2:  What is the most common use of this motor domain protein?

Answer 2:  The Eg5 motor domain protein is most commonly used in conjunction with microtubules to measure microtubule-stimulated Eg5 ATPase activity.  The ATPase activity can be measured with an endpoint or kinetic assay.  Other uses of this motor protein include identification/characterization of proteins or small molecules that affect motor ATPase activity and identification/characterization of proteins or small molecules that affect motor/microtubule interactions. 


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