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Improving cell-free protein synthesis for stable-isotope labeling

Improving cell-free protein synthesis for stable-isotope labeling

Journal of Biomolecular Nmr 37(3): 225-229

Cell-free protein synthesis is suitable for stable-isotope labeling of proteins for NMR analysis. The Escherichia coli cell-free system containing potassium acetate for efficient translation (KOAc system) is usually used for stable-isotope labeling, although it is less productive than other systems. A system containing a high concentration of potassium L-glutamate (L-Glu system), instead of potassium acetate, is highly productive, but cannot be used for stable-isotope labeling of Glu residues. In this study, we have developed a new cell-free system that uses potassium D-glutamate (D-Glu system). The productivity of the D-Glu system is approximately twice that of the KOAc system. The cross peak intensities in the 1H-15N HSQC spectrum of the uniformly stable-isotope labeled Ras protein, prepared with the D-Glu system, were similar to those obtained with the KOAc system, except that the Asp intensities were much higher for the protein produced with the D-Glu system. These results indicate that the D-Glu system is a highly productive cell-free system that is especially useful for stable-isotope labeling of proteins.

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PMID: 17237976

DOI: 10.1007/s10858-006-9127-5

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