Naturally occurring proteins often possess interesting properties that make them attractive for the realization of innovative biomaterials. Repetitive artificial polypeptides have been modeled on the repeated domains of mammalian elastin, retaining and even enhancing their thermally responsive behavior. These protein polymers have been produced by recombinant biotechnology and due to their smart properties show a huge potential for a wide range of biomedical and biotechnological applications. For this reason, production of large quantities of highly purified material is a crucial step. We focused our attention on elastin-derived polypeptides based on the hexapeptidic motif typical of human elastin. Synthetic genes were assembled starting from a monomeric unit, and the different conditions were assayed to optimize the yield of the artificial polypeptides. Optimization of Escherichia coli strain and of the extraction procedure led to significant improvement in expression and recovery of the recombinant products. Electron micrographs of expressing bacteria under optimized conditions showed the accumulation of the recombinant product in the induced cells.

Assembly and optimization of expression of synthetic genes derived from the human elastin repeated motif

BANDIERA, Antonella
2010-01-01

Abstract

Naturally occurring proteins often possess interesting properties that make them attractive for the realization of innovative biomaterials. Repetitive artificial polypeptides have been modeled on the repeated domains of mammalian elastin, retaining and even enhancing their thermally responsive behavior. These protein polymers have been produced by recombinant biotechnology and due to their smart properties show a huge potential for a wide range of biomedical and biotechnological applications. For this reason, production of large quantities of highly purified material is a crucial step. We focused our attention on elastin-derived polypeptides based on the hexapeptidic motif typical of human elastin. Synthetic genes were assembled starting from a monomeric unit, and the different conditions were assayed to optimize the yield of the artificial polypeptides. Optimization of Escherichia coli strain and of the extraction procedure led to significant improvement in expression and recovery of the recombinant products. Electron micrographs of expressing bacteria under optimized conditions showed the accumulation of the recombinant product in the induced cells.
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