Recombinant expression of computationally designed peptide-bundlemers in Escherichia coli

J Biotechnol. 2021 Mar 20;330:57-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2021.03.004. Epub 2021 Mar 6.

Abstract

Computational design of fully artificial peptides is extensively researched by material scientists and engineers for the construction of novel nanostructures and biomaterials. Such design has yielded a peptide-based building block or bundlemer, a coiled coil peptide assembly that undergoes further physical-covalent interactions to form 1D, 2D and, potentially, 3D hierarchical assemblies and displays targeted and biomimetic material properties. Recombinant expression is a convenient, flexible tool to synthesize such artificial and modified peptides in large quantities while also enabling economical synthesis of isotopically labeled peptides and longer protein-like artificial peptides. This report describes the protocol for recombinant expression of a 31-amino acid, computationally designed bundlemer-forming peptide in Escherichia coli. Peptide yields of 10 mgs per liter of media were achieved which highlights complementary advantages of recombinant expression technique relative to conventional laboratory-scale synthesis, such as solid-phase peptide synthesis.

Keywords: Bundlemer; Computational design; Escherichia coli; Peptide; Recombinant expression; Self-assembly.

MeSH terms

  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Escherichia coli* / genetics
  • Nanostructures*
  • Peptides / genetics
  • Proteins

Substances

  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Peptides
  • Proteins