The third domain of the periplasmic protein TolA from Escherichia coli (TolAIII) was used as a fusion partner in the expression of various proteins from bacteria and eukaryotes. TolAIII is small domain, expressed in high yields as a soluble protein in the cytoplasm of E. coli. Proteins were linked to the C-terminus of TolAIII by a short flexible linker containing sites for endopeptidases. Three different vectors were prepared, containing sites for enterokinase, thrombin or factor Xa. Fusion proteins also contain a His(6)-Ser(2) tag at their N-terminus for easier purification. Up to 90 mg fusion protein per liter bacterial culture was obtained using these vectors. Colicin N R-domain was expressed with this system as a fusion and processed further for functional studies. The yield of final pure R-domain was doubled as compared to the direct expression. The system may prove to be useful in the preparation of other peptides and proteins.