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The Biochemical journal

Lactococcus lactis as expression host for the biosynthetic incorporation of tryptophan analogues into recombinant proteins.


PMID 17910535

Abstract

Incorporation of Trp (tryptophan) analogues into a protein may facilitate its structural analysis by spectroscopic techniques. Development of a biological system for the biosynthetic incorpor-ation of such analogues into proteins is of considerable importance. The Gram-negative Escherichia coli is the only prokaryotic expression host regularly used for the incorporation of Trp analogues into recombinant proteins. Here, we present the use of the versatile Gram-positive expression host Lactococcus lactis for the incorporation of Trp analogues. The availability of a tightly regulated expression system for this organism, the potential to secrete modified proteins into the growth medium and the construction of the trp-synthetase deletion strain PA1002 of L. lactis rendered this organism potentially an efficient tool for the incorporation of Trp analogues into recombinant proteins. The Trp analogues 7-azatryptophan, 5-fluorotryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan were incorporated with efficiencies of >97, >97 and 89% respectively. Interestingly, 5-methylTrp (5-methyltryptophan) could be incorporated with 92% efficiency. Successful biosynthetical incorporation of 5-methylTrp into recombinant proteins has not been reported previously.

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