Skip Header

You are using a version of browser that may not display all the features of this website. Please consider upgrading your browser.

High-level expression of the recombinant hybrid peptide cecropinA(1-8)-magainin2(1-12) with an ubiquitin fusion partner in Escherichia coli.

Xu X., Jin F., Yu X., Ren S., Hu J., Zhang W.

The hybrid antibacterial peptide CA-MA [cecropinA(1-8)-magainin2(1-12)] with potent antimicrobial properties but no hemolytic activity is a potential alternative antibiotic. To explore a new approach for high-level expression of the hybrid peptide CA-MA in Escherichia coli, the sequence of ubiquitin (UBI) from housefly was inserted into the plasmid pQE30 to construct the vector pQEUBI. The cDNA fragment encoding CA-MA with preferred codons of E. coli was obtained by recursive PCR (rPCR) and cloned into the vector pQEUBI to express the fusion protein (His)(6)-UBI-CA-MA. The fusion protein was expressed in soluble form under the optimized conditions at high level (more than 36% of the total proteins). With (His)(6)-tag, the fusion protein was easily purified by Ni-NTA chromatography and 36 mg of fusion protein was purified from 1L of culture medium. The fusion protein was efficiently cleaved by ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase (UCH), yielding recombinant CA-MA with high antimicrobial activity. After removing the contaminants by Ni-NTA chromatography, recombinant CA-MA was purified to homogeneity by reversed-phase HPLC and 6.8mg of pure active CA-MA was obtained from 1L culture medium. Analysis of recombinant CA-MA by MALDI-TOF-MS showed that the molecular weight of the purified recombinant CA-MA was 2559Da, which perfectly matches the mass (2559Da) calculated from the amino acid sequence. Analysis of CA-MA by circular dichroism (CD) revealed that the secondary structures of CA-MA in water solution were 17.4% alpha-helix and 82.6% random coil but no beta-sheet. Our results demonstrated that functional CA-MA can be produced in sufficient quantities using the ubiquitin fusion technique. This is the first report on the heterologous expression of a hybrid antibacterial peptide fused to ubiquitin in E. coli.

Protein Expr Purif 55:175-182(2007) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

UniProt is an ELIXIR core data resource
Main funding by: National Institutes of Health

We'd like to inform you that we have updated our Privacy Notice to comply with Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that applies since 25 May 2018.

Do not show this banner again