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Enzyme Microb Technol. 2000 Dec;27(10):761-765.

Secretion of biologically active murine interleukin-10 by Lactococcus lactis.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology, Ghent University, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000, GENT, Belgium


We investigated the ability of Lactococcus lactis to secrete biologically active, murine interleukin-10 (mIL-10). mIL-10 was synthesized as a fusion protein, consisting of the mature part of the eukaryotic protein fused to the secretion signal of the lactococcal Usp45 protein. The secreted protein was analyzed by PAGE, ELISA and bioassay.We show that L. lactis can efficiently secrete biologically active, murine IL-10. Determination of the N-terminal amino acid sequence confirmed correct processing of the fusion polypeptide by the lactococcal signal peptidase. The amount of mIL-10, accumulating in the medium, could be increased by a factor of ten by growing the cells in an optimized medium, buffered at near-neutral pH. Under these conditions, up to 30 mg of mIL-10 was obtained from a 10-litre fermentation.

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