Overexpression in Escherichia coli of chemically synthesized gene for active 0.19 α-amylase inhibitor from wheat kernel

Masahiko Okuda, Takanori Satoh, Nobuhiko Sakurai, Kazunori Shibuya, Hiroyuki Kaji, Tatsuya Samejima

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A synthetic gene encoding 0.19 α-amylase inhibitor (α-AI) from wheat kernel was obtained by enzymatic assembly of 18 oligodeoxynucleotides which were chemically synthesized. The synthetic gene was introduced into vector pET15b for expression in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) under the control of T7 promoter. However, in SDS-PAGE and Western blotting analyses of the E. coli cell lysate, the expression product could not be detected. Expression analysis for various partially deleted gene fragments suggested that the putative hairpin-like structure of mRNA in the 5'-terminal coding region might interrupt efficient expression. When the hairpin structure was eliminated by using degenerate codons, the resulting gene could be overexpressed in E. coli. Although the gene product was accumulated in an insoluble fraction as inclusion bodies, its inhibitory activity could be recovered by solubilization with 8 M urea, followed by refolding through two successive steps of dialysis at alkaline pH. After purification, the recombinant 0.19 α-AI showed the same characteristics as the authentic inhibitor in terms of N-terminal amino acid sequence, peptide mapping on reverse-phase HPLC, far-UV circular dichroism (CD) spectrum and have inhibition of human salivary α-amylase. Thus, we have established an overexpression system in E. coli for active recombinant 0.19 α-AI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)918-926
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of biochemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Nov


  • Hairpin structure
  • Recombinant
  • Synthetic gene
  • Wheat kernel
  • α-amylase inhibitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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