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N Biotechnol. 2008 Oct-Dec;25(2-3):126-32. doi: 10.1016/j.nbt.2008.08.004. Epub 2008 Aug 20.

Cell-free protein synthesis: applications in proteomics and biotechnology.

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  • The Babraham Institute, Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge CB22 3AT, UK. mingyue.he@bbsrc.ac.uk

Abstract

Protein production is one of the key steps in biotechnology and functional proteomics. Expression of proteins in heterologous hosts (such as in E. coli) is generally lengthy and costly. Cell-free protein synthesis is thus emerging as an attractive alternative. In addition to the simplicity and speed for protein production, cell-free expression allows generation of functional proteins that are difficult to produce by in vivo systems. Recent exploitation of cell-free systems enables novel development of technologies for rapid discovery of proteins with desirable properties from very large libraries. This article reviews the recent development in cell-free systems and their application in the large scale protein analysis.

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