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Signal peptidase I overproduction results in increased efficiencies of export and maturation of hybrid secretory proteins in Escherichia coli

van Dijl, J. M., Jong, de, A., Smith, H., Bron, S. & Venema, G., May-1991, In : Molecular and General Genetics. 227, 1, p. 40-48 9 p.

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The effects of 25-fold overproduction of Escherichia coli signal peptidase I (SPase I) on the processing kinetics of various (hybrid) secretory proteins, comprising fusions between signal sequence functions selected from the Bacillus subtilis chromosome and the mature part of TEM-beta-lactamase, were studied in E. coli. One precursor (pre[A2d]-beta-lactamase) showed an enhanced processing rate, and consequently, a highly improved release of the mature enzyme into the peri-plasm. A minor fraction of a second hybrid precursor (pre[A13i]-beta-lactamase), which was not processed under standard conditions of SPase I synthesis, was shown to be processed under conditions of SPase I overproduction. However, this did not result in efficient release of the mature beta-lactamase into the periplasm. In contrast, the processing rates of wild-type pre-beta-lactamase and pre(A2)-beta-lactamase, already high under standard conditions, were not detectably altered by SPase I overproduction. These results demonstrate that the availability of SPase I can be a limiting factor in protein export in E. coli, in particular with respect to (hybrid) precursor proteins showing low (SPase I) processing efficiencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and General Genetics
Volume227
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May-1991

    Keywords

  • PRECURSOR CONFORMATION, PROTEIN EXPORT, SIGNAL PEPTIDASE-I, TEM-BETA-LACTAMASE, OUTER-MEMBRANE LIPOPROTEIN, LEADER PEPTIDASE, PLASMA-MEMBRANE, BACILLUS-SUBTILIS, POLYACRYLAMIDE GELS, SEQUENCE MUTATIONS, BETA-LACTAMASE, CLEAVAGE SITE, COAT PROTEIN, SECA PROTEIN

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