A modular polycistronic expression system for overexpressing protein complexes in Escherichia coli

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Abstract

To facilitate studies of multicomponent protein complexes, I have developed an Escherichia coli expression system which coexpresses up to four polypeptides from a single plasmid. The modular nature of the system enables efficient subcloning of a gene into each of the 4 cassettes in the polycistronic expression vector. Restriction sites present in the polycistronic expression vector allow both affinity tagged and untagged complexes to be overexpressed. I demonstrate successful use of the expression system for binary and ternary complexes, including the reconstitution of the VHL-elonginC-elonginB complex in E. coli and purification of the complex by affinity and ion-exchange chromatography. This polycistronic expression system should provide an important alternative to in vitro reconstitution of multicomponent complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-234
Number of pages11
JournalProtein Expression and Purification
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology

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