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Method for producing CdS-apoferritin and ZnS-apoferritin complexes

Foreign code F110005527
File No. N052-13WO
Posted date Sep 7, 2011
Country United States of America
Application number 06607806
Gazette No. 20090233377
Gazette No. 7897408
Date of filing Sep 6, 2006
Gazette Date Sep 17, 2009
Gazette Date Mar 1, 2011
International application number JP2006317671
International publication number WO2007032241
Date of international filing Sep 6, 2006
Date of international publication Mar 22, 2007
Priority data
  • P2005-264326 (Sep 12, 2005) JP
  • 2006WO-JP317671 (Sep 6, 2006) WO
Title Method for producing CdS-apoferritin and ZnS-apoferritin complexes
Abstract (US7897408)
First, an ammonium acetate solution and an acetate solution of a metal such as Cd or Zn are mixed, so as to form an ammonium complex of the metal.
Next, an apoferritin solution, listeria apoferritin (listeria Dps) or their recombinant and thioacetic acid are added to the thus obtained reaction solution, which is maintained at a pH of from 4.0 to 9.0.
By allowing the reaction solution to stand for 12 hours or more, a complex of a nanoparticle including CdS or ZnS and apoferritin or listeria Dps is produced.
Scope of claims [claim1]
1. A method for producing a nanoparticle-protein complex comprising the steps of: (a) forming an ammonium complex of a metal in an aqueous solution; and
(b) mixing a solution of a protein having a cavity inside and thioacetic acid in the aqueous solution, whereby forming a nanoparticle made of a sulfide of the metal within the cavity of the protein,
wherein the protein is apoferritin, listeria apoferritin (listeria Dps) or a recombinant thereof, the metal is Cd or Zn, and the pH of the mixed solution in step (b) is set in the range between about 9.0 and about 4.0.
[claim2]
2. The method for producing a nanoparticle-protein complex of claim 1, wherein a solution including acetic acid ions and ammonium ions, an acetate solution of the metal and ammonia water are mixed in the step (a).
[claim3]
3. The method for producing a nanoparticle-protein complex of claim 2, wherein a nanoparticle with a different diameter is formed in accordance with an ammonia concentration in the aqueous solution in the step (b).
[claim4]
4. The method for producing a nanoparticle-protein complex of claim 1, wherein the protein is listeria apoferritin or a recombinant of listeria apoferritin, and the steps (a) and (b) are performed at a temperature of 0 deg. C. or more and 15 deg. C. or less.
[claim5]
5. The method for producing a nanoparticle-protein complex of claim 1, further comprising the steps of: (c) purifying a complex of the nanoparticle and the protein obtained in the step (b);
(d) mixing a solution including the complex of the nanoparticle and the protein purified in the step (c) and a solution including the metal;
(e) adding thioacetic acid to a mixed solution obtained in the step (d) for growing the nanoparticle formed within the protein; and
(f) growing the nanoparticle by repeating a procedure for alternately adding the solution including the metal and the thioacetic acid to the mixed solution after the step (e).
[claim6]
6. A method for producing a nanoparticle-protein complex comprising the steps of: (a) preparing a solution including a complex of a protein having a cavity inside and a nanoparticle made of a sulfide of a metal and formed within the cavity;
(b) adding a solution including the metal to the solution including the complex of the nanoparticle and the protein;
(c) growing the nanoparticle by adding thioacetic acid to the solution including the complex of the nanoparticle and the protein after the step (b); and
(d) growing the nanoparticle by repeating the step (b) and the step (c),
wherein the protein is apoferritin, listeria apoferritin (listeria Dps) or a recombinant thereof, the metal is Cd or Zn, and the pH of the solution in step (c) is set in the range between about 9.0 and about 4.0.
[claim7]
7. A fluorescence labeling method comprising the steps of: (a) forming an ammonium complex of Cd or Zn in an aqueous solution;
(b) mixing a solution of a protein having a cavity inside and thioacetic acid in the aqueous solution for forming within the cavity fluorescently active CdS or ZnS nanoparticle, producing a nanoparticle-protein complex; and
(c) labeling a target substance by allowing the nanoparticle-protein complex to bond to the target substance,
wherein the protein having a cavity inside is apoferritin, listeria apoferritin (listeria Dps) or a recombinant thereof, and the pH of the mixed solution in step (b) is set in the range between about 9.0 and about 4.0.
[claim8]
8. The fluorescence labeling method of claim 7, further comprising the steps of: (d) preparing first variant apoferritin or first variant listeria apoferritin having cysteine at an N-terminal before the step (c); and
(e) modifying the target substance with a compound having an SH group before the step (c),
wherein the first variant apoferritin or the first variant listeria apoferritin is bonded to the target substance through a disulfide bond in the step (c).
[claim9]
9. The fluorescence labeling method of claim 7, wherein the target substance has an amino group on an outer surface thereof, and an amide bond is formed through a condensation reaction caused, by using a coupling agent, between the amino group present on the outer surface of the target substance and a carboxyl group present on an outer surface of the apoferritin or the listeria apoferritin.
[claim10]
10. The fluorescence labeling method of claim 7, wherein the protein is second variant apoferritin having Ti-recognition peptide added to an N-terminal, and the target substance is a substrate having a Ti film formed on a part of a surface thereof.
[claim11]
11. The fluorescence labeling method of claim 10, further comprising, before the step (a), a step of preparing the second variant apoferritin by gene recombination technology.
[claim12]
12. A fluorescence labeling method comprising the steps of: (a) forming an ammonium complex of Cd or Zn in an aqueous solution;
(b) bonding a protein having a cavity inside to a target substance; and
(c) mixing a solution of the protein having a cavity inside and thioacetic acid in an aqueous solution for forming within the cavity fluorescently active CdS or ZnS nanoparticle, producing a nanoparticle-protein complex,
wherein the protein having a cavity inside is apoferritin, listeria apoferritin (listeria Dps) or a recombinant thereof, and the pH of the mixed solution in step (c) is set to in the range between about 9.0 and about 4.0.
  • Inventor, and Inventor/Applicant
  • IWAHORI KENJI
  • JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
IPC(International Patent Classification)
Reference ( R and D project ) CREST Creation of Novel Nano-material/System Synthesized by Self-organization for Medical Use AREA
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