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The pAX plasmids: new gene-fusion vectors for sequencing, mutagenesis and expression of proteins in Escherichia coli.

A family of plasmid cloning vectors have been constructed, allowing both the sequencing and mutagenesis of foreign genes and the easy isolation of their expression products via fusion proteins in Escherichia coli. Fusion proteins can be inducibly expressed and isolated by affinity chromatography on APTG-Sepharose. The fusion protein consists of beta-galactosidase at the N-terminus, linked by a collagen 'hinge' region containing blood coagulation factor Xa cleavage site to the foreign protein at the C terminus. The factor Xa cleavage site at the N-terminal side of the foreign protein allows the release of the desired amino acid sequence under mild conditions. A multiple cloning site in all three reading frames and stop codons followed by the strong lambda t0 terminator facilitate simple gene insertions and manipulations. The intergenic region of the phage f1 inserted in both orientations allows the isolation of single-stranded DNA from either plasmid-strand for sequencing and mutagenesis. This vector family has been successfully used for the expression and purification of the isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the histidyl-tRNA synthetase from E. coli.[1]


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