Protein expression and purification

Expression of a soluble and activatable form of bovine procarboxypeptidase A in Escherichia coli.

PMID 12597880


Bovine pancreatic procarboxypeptidase A has been overexpressed in a soluble and activatable form in Escherichia coli. When the protein was expressed under the control of bacteriophage T7 promoter in E. coli ADA494 (a thioredoxin reductase deficient bacteria), a thioredoxin fusion protein was produced at relatively high level in the cytoplasm (4 mg/L culture medium). Although the recombinant protein essentially accumulated as inclusion bodies, as much as 30% of the fusion protein was recovered in a soluble form at low growth temperature and could therefore be purified to homogeneity in a single-step procedure by metal-affinity chromatography. The recombinant precursor form of bovine carboxypeptidase A was recognized by a monoclonal antibody directed against purified bovine pancreatic carboxypeptidase A. Moreover, upon tryptic activation it gave rise to an enzyme, the N-terminal sequence, molecular size,and specific activity of which were comparable to those of the enzyme derived from the native precursor purified from bovine pancreas.