A comparison of SMA (styrene maleic acid) and DIBMA (di-isobutylene maleic acid) for membrane protein purification


The use of styrene maleic acid co-polymer (SMA) for membrane protein extraction and purification has grown in recent years. SMA inserts in the membrane and assembles into small discs of bilayer encircled by polymer, termed SMA lipid particles (SMALPs). This allows purification of membrane proteins whilst maintaining their lipid bilayer environment. SMALPs offer several improvements over conventional detergent approaches, however there are limitations, most notably a sensitivity to low pH and divalent cations. Recently it was shown that the aliphatic diisobutylene-maleic acid (DIBMA) copolymer, was also able to directly solubilise membranes forming DIBMALPs (DIBMA lipid particles), and that this polymer overcame some of the limitations of SMA. In this study the ability of DIBMA to solubilise and purify functional membrane proteins has been compared to SMA. It was found that DIBMA is able to solubilise several different membrane proteins from different expression systems, however for some proteins it gives a lower yield and lower degree of purity than SMA. DIBMA extracted G protein-coupled receptors retain ligand- and G protein-binding. DIBMALPS are larger than SMALPs and display a decreased sensitivity to magnesium. However the stability of DIBMALPs appears to be lower than SMALPs. The lower purity and lower stability are likely linked to the larger size of the DIBMALP particle. However, this also offers a potentially less rigid lipid environment which may be more amenable to protein dynamics. Therefore the optimal choice of polymer will depend on which features of a protein are to be investigated.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbamem.2020.183281
Dataset DOI: https://doi.org/10.17036/researchdata.aston.ac.uk.00000462.)
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Polymer Research Group
Additional Information: © 2020, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: ABC transporter,DIBMALP,GPCR,Membrane protein,SMALP,Biophysics,Biochemistry,Cell Biology
Publication ISSN: 1879-2642
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 07:17
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 13:06
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-07-01
Published Online Date: 2020-03-21
Accepted Date: 2020-03-19
Authors: Gulamhussein, Aiman
Uddin, Romez
Tighe, Brian (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9601-8501)
Poyner, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1590-112X)
Rothnie, Alice (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4259-7015)

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