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Type: Book chapter
Title: Heterologous and cell-free protein expression systems
Author: Farrokhi, N.
Hrmova, M.
Burton, R.
Fincher, G.
Citation: Plant genomics: Methods and Protocols, 2009 / Somers, D., Gustafson, J., Langridge, P. (ed./s), Ch.10, pp.175-198
Publisher: Humana Press
Publisher Place: United States
Issue Date: 2009
Series/Report no.: Methods in molecular biology, Plant Genomics ; 513
ISBN: 9781588299970
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Naser Farrokhi, Maria Hrmova, Rachel A. Burton and Geoffrey B. Fincher
Abstract: In recognition of the fact that a relatively small percentage of ‘named’ genes in databases have any experimental proof for their annotation, attention is shifting towards the more accurate assignment of functions to individual genes in a genome. The central objective will be to reduce our reliance on nucleotide or amino acid sequence similarities as a means to define the functions of genes and to annotate genome sequences. There are many unsolved technical difficulties associated with the purification of specific proteins from extracts of biological material, especially where the protein is present in low abundance, has multiple isoforms or is found in multiple post-translationally modified forms. The relative ease with which cDNAs can be cloned has led to the development of methods through which cDNAs from essentially any source can be expressed in a limited range of suitable host organisms, so that sufficient levels of the encoded proteins can be generated for functional analysis. Recently, these heterologous expression systems have been supplemented by more robust prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell-free protein synthesis systems. In this chapter, common host systems for heterologous expression are reviewed and the current status of cell-free expression systems will be presented. New approaches to overcoming the special problems encountered during the expression of membrane-associated proteins will also be addressed. Methodological considerations, including the characteristics of codon usage in the expressed DNA, peptide tags that facilitate subsequent purification of the expressed proteins and the role of post-translational modifications, are examined.
Keywords: Annotation; Functional analysis; Host systems; In vitro expression; Membrane proteins
Rights: © Humana Press, a part of Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009
RMID: 0020097654
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-59745-427-8_10
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