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Gene. 1985;40(2-3):183-90.

"ATG vectors' for regulated high-level expression of cloned genes in Escherichia coli.


A plasmid cloning vector system has been constructed that allows for the production of large quantities of foreign proteins or fragments thereof, in an unfused state. These vectors provide strong regulated trp-lac fusion promoters and the lacZ ribosome-binding site (RBS) followed by an ATG translation initiation codon at an appropriate distance from the RBS. The ATG codon is located within a unique NcoI restriction site (CCATGG). Digestion with NcoI exposes the ATG for fusion. Gene fragments lacking a prokaryotic RBS and/or ATG start codons can be inserted in several ways. Expression experiments using a truncated cI gene of bacteriophage lambda or a large portion of the coding region of the Herpes simplex virus type 1 glycoprotein D gene have been performed. The results of these studies show that the vectors are useful for the high-level expression of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes in Escherichia coli.

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