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Advances in heterologous expression of recombinant proteins

Assenberg, Rene, Wan, Paul, Geisse, Sabine and Mayr, Lorenz (2013) Advances in heterologous expression of recombinant proteins. Current opinion in Structural Biology, 23 (3). pp. 393-402. ISSN 0959-440X


Protein production for structural and biophysical studies, functional assays, biomarkers, mechanistic studies in vitro and in vivo, but also for therapeutic applications in Pharma, Biotech and Academia has evolved into a mature discipline in recent years. Due to the increased emphasis on biopharmaceuticals, the growing demand for proteins used for structural and biophysical studies, the impact of genomics technologies on the analysis of large sets of structurally diverse proteins, and the increasing complexity of disease targets the interest in innovative approaches for the expression, purification and characterisation of recombinant proteins has steadily increased over the years.
In this review, we summarise recent developments in the field of recombinant protein expression for research use in Pharma, Biotech and Academia. We focus mostly on the latest developments for protein expression in the most widely used expression systems: Escherichia coli (E. coli), insect cell expression using the Baculovirus Expression Vector System (BEVS) and, finally, transient and stable expression of recombinant proteins in mammalian cells.

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Keywords: Recombinant protein production, E. coli, HEK-293, Baculovirus, isotope labeling, unnatural amino acids, glycoengineering, membrane proteins, protein complexes.
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 13:13
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 13:13


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