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Protein Sci. Jun 1996; 5(6): 1100–1107.
PMCID: PMC2143443

The proteins encoded by the rbs operon of Escherichia coli: II. Use of chimeric protein constructs to isolate and characterize RbsC.


Chimeric genes encoding full-length copies of rbsA and rbsC connected by segments coding for short bridge peptides were constructed and expressed in Escherichia coli. Surprisingly, the chimeric genes complemented the strain in which rbsA and rbsC were deleted. The chimeric proteins were overproduced, and the products were purified by affinity chromatography. In order to obtain highly purified protein, a poly-His leader peptide was incorporated so that Ni-chelate affinity chromatography could be employed. The leader peptide and the bridge peptide were designed with factor Xa-cleavable sites to permit recovery of the individual RbsA and RbsC protein. A rbsC gene encoding a poly-His leader was also constructed and expressed. Both the chimeric RbsA-C species and the poly-HisRbsC were produced at levels that permitted isolation of the equivalent of milligram quantities of RbsC per liter of culture. This is a substantial increase in amounts from any previous RbsC production vectors. All proteins from the rbs operon have now been overproduced and substantially purified.

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