We purify Topo IIα using a proprietary method developed by the staff at TopoGEN. The purified enzyme is completely free of topoisomerase I contamination and nucleases. It alters linking number of a unique topoisomer in steps of two and the major polypeptide detected on SDS-PAGE is 170 kDa; no other bands are visible on an overloaded gel.
Topoisomerase II Quality Control Tests
Nuclease contamination: assayed by testing for linear kDNA and linear plasmid DNA formation. Incubation of 1 µg of catenated KDNA or supercoiled pUC19 DNA for 4 hrs. at 37° C (under topo II assay conditions and with or without ATP).
Cross contamination with topo I was assessed by assaying for relaxation of supercoiled DNA under conditions where topo II activity is suppressed. Excess purified enzyme was incubated with pRYG DNA in the absence of ATP (with and without Mg++) for 2 hr at 37° C. Under these conditions, relaxation of pRYG supercoiled DNA must not be detected.
A single band of 170 kDa was seen when an SDS-PAGE gel was overloaded with the pure protein. There is no 180 kDa topo II form in the final fraction. (Protein concentration is variable from lot to lot but usually is in the range of 5-50 ug per ml.) Topo IIa may be supplied at 2-10 units/ul (1 unit will decatenate 0.2 ug of KDNA in 30 min at 37°C).
The final fraction of topo IIa comes off an FPLC column in the following buffer: 10% glycerol, 50 mM Tris (pH 7.7), 1 mM EDTA and EGTA, 650 mM NaCl.