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Protein Expr Purif. 2006 Apr;46(2):189-95. Epub 2005 Aug 9.

Novel plasmid-based expression vectors for intra- and extracellular production of recombinant proteins in Bacillus subtilis.

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Institute of Genetics, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany.


Two plasmid-based expression vectors have been constructed where one allows intracellular production of recombinant proteins while the second directs the proteins into the culture medium. Both vectors use the strong promoter preceding the groESL operon (codes for the essential heat shock proteins GroES and GroEL) of Bacillus subtilis fused to the lac operator allowing their induction by addition of ITPG. While the background level of expression of these expression cassettes is very low in the absence of the inducer, an induction factor of about 1300 was measured. When the genes htpG and pbpE (coding for a heat shock protein and a penicillin-binding protein, respectively) were fused to the groE promoter, the amount of recombinant protein produced after addition of IPTG represented 10 and 13%, respectively, of the total cellular protein. To obtain secretion of recombinant proteins, the coding region for the signal peptide of the amyQ gene encoding an alpha-amylase from Bacillus amyloliquefasciens was fused to the groE promoter. High-level secretion of amyQ alpha-amylase and cellulase A and B of Clostridium thermocellum was demonstrated.

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