Recombinant HCV cocktail contains the recombinant hepatitis C virus core, NS3, NS4, NS5 proteins.
HCV Cocktail solution contains 25mM K2CO3 and PBS.
Store at 4°C if entire vial will be used within 2-4 weeks.
Store, frozen at -20°C for longer periods of time.
For long term storage it is recommended to add a carrier protein (0.1% HSA or BSA).
Avoid multiple freeze-thaw cycles.
Protein is >95% pure as determined by 10% PAGE (coomassie staining).
ELISA and lateral flow immunoassay.
Safety Data Sheet
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major global health concern, with approximately 71 million people infected worldwide. Chronic HCV infection can lead to liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and other severe liver-related complications. The nonstructural proteins NS3, NS4, and NS5 of HCV play critical roles in viral replication, assembly, and immune evasion, making them attractive targets for antiviral interventions. This research aims to characterize the recombinant forms of HCV NS3, NS4, and NS5 proteins to gain insights into their functional properties and identify potential targets for the development of effective antiviral strategies.
The primary objective of this study is to express and purify recombinant HCV NS3, NS4, and NS5 proteins using suitable expression systems. Recombinant DNA techniques will be employed to generate expression vectors harboring the respective genes, followed by expression in bacterial, yeast, or mammalian cell-based systems. The recombinant proteins will be purified using affinity chromatography or other appropriate methods, enabling subsequent biochemical and biophysical characterization.
The second objective is to investigate the roles of NS3, NS4, and NS5 proteins in HCV replication and assembly. In vitro assays will be performed to assess the enzymatic activities of NS3 protease and NS5 RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp). The effects of potential inhibitors or small molecules on these enzymatic activities will be evaluated. Furthermore, the interactions between NS4 protein and cellular components involved in viral assembly will be explored using protein-protein interaction assays.
The third objective is to determine the three-dimensional structures of the recombinant NS3, NS4, and NS5 proteins using techniques such as X-ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy. Structural information will provide valuable insights into the functional domains and potential binding sites within these proteins. These findings will aid in the design of novel antiviral compounds targeting specific regions of NS3, NS4, and NS5, with the goal of disrupting viral replication and assembly.
By characterizing the recombinant forms of HCV NS3, NS4, and NS5 proteins, this research aims to enhance our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying HCV infection. The insights gained from this study may contribute to the development of novel antiviral strategies targeting HCV, ultimately leading to improved therapeutic options for individuals affected by this persistent and debilitating viral infection.