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Protein Expr Purif. 1993 Oct;4(5):367-72.

Overexpression of HIV-1 proteins in Escherichia coli by a modified expression vector and their one-step purification.

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Unité Mixte 103 CNRS, BioMérieux, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France.


A synthetic expression system, pMH, was constructed for high-level expression and rapid purification of HIV-1 proteins in Escherichia coli, by introducing two synthetic sequences. The first sequence permitted a high-level expression via a second ribosome-binding site plus an A/T-rich region. This minicistron between the 5' untranslated region of the mRNA and the protein-coding region minimized the formation of local secondary structures and favored ribosome binding. The second region coded for six histidines, which allowed for easy purification of the proteins. Purification was based on interaction of the protein with metal ions: immobilized metal affinity chromatography. The p17 and p24 structural genes of HIV-1 were cloned into this modified expression vector. Expression of the structural proteins represented up to 30% of the total protein in E. coli, i.e., 40 mg of highly purified protein could be obtained per liter of culture.

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