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  • Why recombinant proteins?
    • To identify the polypeptide coded by a DNA-sequence
    • To analyze the biological activity
    • To study the structure-function relationships, interactions
    • To study the 3D-structure
    • To do protein engineering and design
    • To raise specific antibodies
    • To develop a target-specific drug
    • To produce therapeutic proteins
    • To produce vaccines
    • To produce biotechnological enzymes

3. How to make recombinant proteins clone OR synthesize the gene make an expression construct transfect and grow cells purify the recombinant protein problem: Recombinant protein production-not a trivial task! 4.

    • A little bio-informatics can be very helpful
    • Blast for obtaining all of the related sequences
    • ClustalW (or some other alignment tool) can be used to determine the boundaries of your domains
    • Dont assume you know what is correct; that is, there is often some ambiguity, so dont rely on a single construct
    • Use other peoples experience: if you want to produce a Tyrosine kinase, dont bother withE. coli as an expression host
    • What are the possible post-translational modifications that may be required for folding/ function (glycosylation, etc.)?
    • What are the co-factors that may be required for folding/ function?
    • Cysteines? Do you have disulfides or free cysteines on the surface? Methionines? Are you using SeMet to phase?

What do you know about your protein? 5.

  • Selection of protein production host dependson:
  • produced protein- prokaryotic/eukaryotic; cytoplasmic/
  • secreted; organelle specific
  • amounts needed- analytical, functional studies (ng); antibody
  • production ( g-mg); structural biology (mg); commercial (g-kg)
  • demands on authenticity- active/inactive=native/denatured;
  • modified/not modified (glycosylation etc.); molecular weight; sequence;expression= authenticity
  • $money$
  • protein production
  • systems available in the lab- see above


    • Which host?For human proteins, mammalian cells may be the best, but they are also the slowest and most expensive to use.
    • Insect cells (baculovirus) have many of the advantages of mammalian cell culture (post-translational modifications, eukaryotic cell system, etc.) but they are faster and cheaper to use.
    • Yeast is an option for some things, but the differences can bite (particularly in glycosylation pattern and extraction).
    • E. coli is the cheapest, easiest and fastest by far, but it just doesnt work for some proteins.
    • Do you need to add co-factors to the media? Do you need a chaperone or second protein for correct folding?

Expressing your protein 7. Characteristics of different expression systems Characteristic E.coli Yeast Mammalian Insect Proteolytic cleavage ? ? Y Y Glycosylation N ? Y ? Sectretion ? Y Y Y Folding ? ? Y Y Phosphorylation N ? Y ? Acetylation N Y Y ? Amidation N Y Y Y % yield >50% 1% 30% 8.

    • Clone by phone- There are plenty of gene synthesis shops around the world that will make your gene for you. The advantage to this is that they can bias the codon usage to the expression host of choice
    • Or PCR your heart away.This will often break your heart ;-)
    • Taq? Vent? Pfu/Pfx?
    • Length and melting temperature of your primers
      • Order from plasmid banks:
      • The Harvard plasmid repository:
      • The Addgene plasmid bank:
      • Least reliable-human generosity:
      • Aska scientist who has published a report using the gene of interest.

Getting your gene 9.

  • Expression vector structure
  • Promoter-transcription initiation
  • Stop codon
  • Localization signals
  • Codon usage
  • polyA signal
  • Fusion partners
  • Stable/inducible
  • expression
  • Control of copy number
  • Episomal/integrating
  • Resistance marker


    • The highest level of expression is not always the bestHigh expression can also give you the most insoluble material
    • Sometimes reducing the temperature and the expression level can give you more overall soluble material
    • Tags and protease sites can effect your protein solubility/ stability Most tags will make your protein more soluble, but it may not stay soluble if you pull the tag off.
    • Some proteases will take off more than you expect!
    • Some proteolytic sites can effect your protein (Kurzet al., Protein Expression and Purification, v. 50, p.68-73, 2006: Incorporating a TEV cleavage site reduces the solubility of nine recombinant mouse proteins)

Vectors, tags and solubility 11. Fusion protein vectors Affinity tag Residues Sequence Matrix Poly-His Usually 6 HHHHHH Ni Poly-Arg Usually 5 RRRRR Cation-exchange Glutatione S-transferase 211 Protein Glutathione Maltose-binding protein 396 Protein Cross-linked amylose Streptavidin binding protein 38 Peptide Streptavidin Calmodulin-binding protein 26 Peptide Calmodulin Chitin-binding protein 51 Protein domain Chitin c-myc 11 EQKLISEEDL Anti-body HA(Hemaglutanin) 9 YPYDVPDYA Anti-body Flag/x3 Flag 8/24 DYKDDDK/ DYKDDDK x3 Anti-body T7 11 MASMTGGQQMG Anti-body 12. Induction test 13. Purification 14. 15. Chromatography (GF)(HIC)(IEX)(AC)(RPC) 16. Chromatography 17. Affinity purification 1. Affinity medium is equlibrated with binding buffer. 2. Sample application under conditions that favor binding to the complementary structure on the medium.Target protein binds specifically, but reversibly, unbound material eluted. 3. Target protein recovery:*Specifically-competitive ligand *Non-specifically-pH, ionicstrength or polarity. 4. Affinity medium is re-equilibrated with binding buffer. 18. GST fusion protein purification Column:GSTrap 1mlLane 1: MW StdsSample:8 ml cytosolic extract fromE.coli Lane 2: E.coli expressing a GST fusion proteincytosolic extractBinding buffer (BB):PBS, pH 7.3Lane 3:GSTrapElution buffer(EB):50 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0 withelution 10 mM reduced glutathioneFlow rate:1ml/min[CV=column volume] Chromatographic sequence:4 CV BB 8ml sample 10 CV BB 5 CV EBSystem: KTAexplorer 10 FPLC (Amersham Pharmacia biotech) glutathione sepharose 19.

    • Cofactors and additives to stabilze the protein
    • To -ME or not to -ME: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in solution to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous reduction, Or to take arms against a sea of oxidation, And by opposing end them?
    • (or DTT? or TCEP?)
    • Glycerol?
    • Detergents? (beware of Bugbuster, B-Per, etc.)
    • Metal ions?
    • High salt? (i.e. > 200mM)
    • Phosphate buffer?
    • ATP/ADP? GTP/GDP? NADP/NADPH? or other cofactors...

Purification additives? 20. Removal of the Tag

  • Factors to consider with choosing a protease
  • Cost
  • Specificity
  • Vector availability
  • Removal of the protease
  • Incubation time and efficiency

Units 21. Case Study-Human 1AcidGlycoprotein >humanalpha1AcidGlycoprotein IPL C ANLVPVPITNATLDQITGKWFYIASAFRNEEYNKSVQEIQATFFY FTPNKTEDTIFLREYQTRQDQ C IYNTTYLNVQRENGTISRYVGGQEHFAH LLILRDTKTYMLAFDVNDEKNWGLSVYADKPETTKEQLGEFYEALD C LRI PKSDVVYTDWKKDK C EPLEKQHEKE Schnfeld DLet al.,J. Mol. Biol. (2008) 384, 393405 22. Recombinant protein production and purification Human AGP (SWISS-Prot entry P02763) was produced inE. coli K12 strain MC4100skpusing theexpression vector pAGP1and the foldinghelper plasmid pTUM4essentially as previously described.cDNA for variant F1 cloned from human liverand encodes a fusion protein with theN-terminal OmpA signal peptide( effecting periplasmic secretion ) and theC-terminal Streptag IIof nine residues. Preparative protein production was performed at25 C in a fermenterfollowing a published protocol. Briefly, gene e


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