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An artificial regulatory circuit for stable expression of DNA-binding proteins in a T7 expression system’

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  • Microbiology & Cell Biology
  • Biology


We had earlier overproduced the transcription activator protein C of bacteriophage Mu in a phage-T7 expression system. Although we achieved a high level of overproduction, the expression was not consistent. This could be due to the leaky expression of T7 RNA polymerase in the uninduced state. Introduction of pLysS, a plasmid encoding T7 lysozyme, a natural inhibitor of T7 RNA polymerase, resulted in consistent, but extremely low production of the C protein. To overcome this problem, we have devised an artificial regulatory circuit to obtain stabilised, consistent overproduction of C protein. The C-binding site was cloned downstream from the transcription start point of T7 lys. Upon induction, the C protein produced binds to its site with a very high affinity, possibly acting as a transcriptional roadblock for lys. This would overcome the inhibitory effect of T7 lysozyme on T7 RNA polymerase.

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