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Japan Lamb Inc and Sekisui Medical Co Ltd | Date: 2011-03-31

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Hayakawa T.,Okayama University | Sato S.,Okayama University | Sato S.,Japan Lamb Co. | Iwamoto S.,Okayama University | And 7 more authors.
FEBS Journal | Year: 2010

Numerous proteins cannot be sufficiently prepared by ordinary recombinant DNA techniques because they are unstable or have deleterious effects on the host cell. One idea to prepare such proteins is to produce them as protein inclusions. Here we developed a novel system to effectively prepare proteins by using peptide tags derived from the insecticidal Cry toxin of a soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis. Fusion with this peptide tag, designated 4AaCter, facilitates the formation of protein inclusions of glutathione S-transferase in Escherichia coli without losing the enzyme activity. Application of 4AaCter to the production of syphilis antigens TpN15, TpN17 and TpN47 from Treponema pallidum yielded excellent results, including a dramatic increase in the production level, simplification of the product purification and high reactivity with syphilis antibody. The use of 4AaCter may provide an innovational strategy for the efficient production of proteins. © 2010 FEBS.

Nagahori K.,Tokyo University of Agriculture | Nagahori K.,Chiyoda Corporation | Iwamoto S.,Tokyo University of Agriculture | Iwamoto S.,Japan Lamb Co. | And 7 more authors.
Animal Science Journal | Year: 2010

In the current study, we describe four novel members of the 90 kDa heat shock protein (HSP90) family expressed in Japanese quail, Coturnix japonica. The coding regions of the genes, CjHSP90AA1, CjHSP90AB1, CjHSP90B1 and CjTRAP1, exhibited more than 94% similarity to their related genes in chicken. The putative proteins encoded by these quail genes contained motifs considered essential for HSP90 gene function. In addition, the predicted proteins were more similar to HSP90AA1, HSP90AB1, HSP90B1 and TRAP1 proteins expressed in vertebrates than they were to other members of the HSP90 family. Exon numbers of CjHSP90AA1 (11), CjHSP90AB1 (12) or CjTRAP1 (18) are the same as the chicken and mammalian orthologs. Furthermore, gene order in the regions surrounding CjHSP90AB1 and CjTRAP1 has been preserved, providing evidence that the genomic regions were orthologous to HSP90-containing regions in the chicken genome. The promoter regions of the genes also contained conserved motifs identified in related genes of chicken. However, the nucleotide sequences of the 5′-flanking region of these genes were highly polymorphic. We also found that CjHSP90AA1 exhibited a robust response to heat shock treatment. Taken together, the data suggest that CjHSP90AA1, CjHSP90AB1, CjHSP90B1 and CjTRAP1 encode orthologs of HSP90AA1, HSP90AB1, HSP90B1 and TRAP1, respectively. © 2010 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2010 Japanese Society of Animal Science.

Hayashi M.,Okayama University | Iwamoto S.,Japan Lamb Co. | Sato S.,Japan Lamb Co. | Sudo S.,Japan Lamb Co. | And 3 more authors.
Protein Expression and Purification | Year: 2013

Cystatin C is a cysteine protease inhibitor produced by a variety of human tissues. The blood concentration of cystatin C depends on the glomerular filtration rate and is an endogenous marker of renal dysfunction. Recombinant cystatin C protein with high immunogenicity is therefore in demand for the diagnostic market. In this study, to establish an efficient production system, a synthetic cystatin C gene was designed and synthesized in accordance with the codon preference of Escherichia coli genes. Recombinant cystatin C was expressed as a fusion with a peptide-tag, 4AaCter, which facilitates formation of protein inclusion bodies in E. coli cells. Fusion with 4AaCter-tag dramatically increased the production level of cystatin C, and highly purified protein was obtained without the need for complicated purification steps. The purity and yield of the final product was estimated as 87 ± 5% and 7.1 ± 1.1 mg/l culture, respectively. The recombinant cystatin C prepared by our method was as reactive against anti-cystatin C antibodies as native human cystatin C. Our results suggest that protein production systems using 4AaCter-tag could be a powerful means of preparing significant amounts of antigen protein. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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