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  A Nishizawa , M Nakayama , T Uemura , Y Fukuda and S. Kimura

Two-cistronic expression plasmids are useful for high-level expression of heterologous genes in Escherichia coli cells by preventing the inhibition of translational initiation. In the process of constructing a two-cistronic expression plasmid pCbSTCR-4 containing the fragments of the porcine cytochrome b5 (Psb5) and NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase (PsCPR) genes as the first and second cistrons, respectively, the presence of a specific region in the first cistron that lowered the accumulation level of the PsCPR was suggested [Kimura, S., et al. (2005) J. Biochem. 137, 523–533]. In this study, a disturbing nucleotide sequence similar to a Shine–Dalgarno (SD) sequence (SD-like sequence), AGGAG, was identified at the 5'-upstream region near the SD sequence for the second cistron. Silent mutations in the SD-like sequence that lowered the similarity to a typical SD sequence increased the accumulation level of PsCPR. SD-like sequences introduced into mono-cistronic expression plasmids for the Psb5 and PsCPR genes also decreased the accumulation level of these proteins. The SD-like sequence also decreased the accumulation level of the insoluble PsCPR protein. This type of ribosome-binding site interference is useful not only for precise control of protein accumulation but also for increasing the soluble form of recombinant proteins in E. coli cells.

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