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Arch Biochem Biophys. 2000 Feb 1;374(1):3-7.

Secretion and purification of recombinant beta1-4 galactosyltransferase from insect cells using pFmel-protA, a novel transposition-based baculovirus transfer vector.

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Institute of Physiology, University of Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, Zürich, CH-8057, Switzerland.


The palette of transfer vectors available for generation of recombinant baculoviruses based on transposition-mediated recombination has been enlarged by constructing the pFmel-protA vector. The pFmel-protA plasmid includes the honeybee melittin secretion signal and a Staphylococcus aureus protein A fusion protein tag, which allows the secretion and purification of recombinant proteins. Using this system, the human beta1-4 galactosyltransferase-I protein was expressed in Sf9 insect cells at a level ranging from 22 to 28 U (4.8 to 6.0 mg)/L. The protein A tag enabled a simple monitoring of recombinant protein expression by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Western blotting. Single step purification was achieved by immunoglobulin G affinity chromatography achieving a recovery yield of 28% and a specific activity of 1.9 U per mg of recombinant protein.

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