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Di Y.,Henan Agricultural University | Di Y.,Henan Province Institute of Veterinary Drug Control | Chang J.,Henan Agricultural University | Yin Q.,Henan Agricultural University | And 3 more authors.
Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology | Year: 2014

In order to express swine hepcidin gene in Pichia pastoris, a DNA fragment coding hepcidin gene was synthesized with adaptation to yeast codon usage of highly expressed genes. A Kex2 signal cleavage site was fused in the 5′ end of the DNA fragment for getting a peptide with the same N-end as native hepcidin. The 96-bp DNA fragment was ligated into the expression plasmid of pGAPZaA to construct pGAPZaA-hepcidin vector, which was transferred into P. pastoris (X33) to express hepcidin gene for extracellular secretion of protein at 86 g/mL. A band of 2.76 kD molecular mass was detected by Tricine sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) analysis. Through antibacterial assay, the expressed hepcidin displayed obvious antibacterial activity. The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) was 5.38 and 2.69 g/mL for Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis prolification inhibitions, respectively. © 2014 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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