An efficient method for enrichment of histidyl-tRNA synthetase (Jo-1 antigen) from HeLa cells

Tapas Biswas, Frederick W. Miller, Sharon A. Twitty, Paul H. Plotz

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A rapid method has been developed for enrichment of Jo-1 antigen (histidyl-tRNA synthetase) from HeLa cells. The enzyme has been prepared from post-ribosomal supernatant by successive chromatography with Blue Sepharose and Poly-U-Sepharose, followed by DEAE-high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). By this method, enzyme could be obtained within 4 days of HeLa cell harvesting, with 40% recovery of the enzymatic activity. The apparent native molecular size of the enzyme as determined by HPLC-size exclusion column chromatography was approximately 120 kDa. Under denaturing conditions using SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis the enzyme subunit size was approximately 55 kDa. The antigen preparation, although not homogeneous, was found to react only with anti-Jo-1 positive antisera when tested by immunoblotting with many patient sera of defined autoantibody specificities, making the preparation useful for immunologic studies of anti-Jo-1 antibodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-241
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunological Methods
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 16 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase
  • Chromatography
  • HeLa cell
  • high performance liquid
  • Histidyl-tRNA synthetase
  • Immunoblotting
  • Jo-1 antigen
  • La antigen
  • Myositis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Immunology

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