Expression of a cytotoxic cationic antibacterial peptide in Escherichia coli using two fusion partners

Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Molecular and Medical Biotechnology, Life Sciences College, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, Jiangsu, PR China.
Protein Expression and Purification (Impact Factor: 1.7). 03/2008; 57(2):303-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.pep.2007.09.012
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It has been reported that it is difficult to express cationic antibacterial peptides in engineered bacteria because such peptides are highly toxic to the host bacteria cells and sensitive to intracellular proteases. Antibacterial peptide CM4 (ABP-CM4) is a small cationic peptide with broad-spectrum activities against bacteria, fungi and tumor cells, which may possibly be used as an antimicrobial agent. Here we tried to express ABP-CM4 in Escherichia coli cells using either the GST fusion system or the intein-mediated fusion expression system. In order to investigate the possible use of these two fusion partners in cationic small peptide expression and purification, a mutant ABP-CMt, which is a highly positively charged peptide with +9 charges at neutral pH, was designed. In the present study, we have shown that both ABP-CM4 and ABP-CMt peptides can be expressed and purified by the intein-mediated expression system but not by the GST fusion expression system. Thus the intein-mediated peptide expression and purification system potentially could be employed for the production of recombinant protease-sensitive and cytotoxic peptides.

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    • "Because of the broad antibacterial activity of these peptides, their expression is typically limited when construct vectors are directly expressed in E. coli. To express this class of peptide, therefore, researchers have used various fusion partners including inteins (Chen et al. 2008), neutrally charged polypeptide F4 (Lee et al. 2000), and thioredoxin (Xu et al. 2007) to mask the toxicity of the product to the host cell and to protect the small peptides from proteolytic degnation. Most of these fusion partners work well, yielding high levels of ABP with strong antibacterial activity when cleaved free of the fusion partner. "
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    • "All the restriction enzymes and T4 DNA ligase were purchased from Takara Biotech Co. Ltd. (Dalian, China). Construction of expression vectors The CM4 gene of interest was amplified from plasmid pTYB11–CM4 which was constructed previously in Zhang's laboratory (Chen et al. 2008 "
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