Expression and purification of recombinant neurotensin in Escherichia coli.
Williamson PT., Roth JF., Haddingham T., Watts A.
An expression system has been designed for the rapid and economic expression of recombinant neurotensin for biophysical studies. A synthetic gene for neurotensin (Glu(1)-Leu(2)-Tyr(3)-Glu(4)-Asn(5)-Lys(6)-Pro(7)-Arg(8)-Arg(9)-Pro(1 0)-Tyr(11)-Ile(12)-Leu(13)) was cloned into the pGEX-5X-2 vector to allow expression of neurotensin as a glutathione S-transferase (GST) fusion protein. The inclusion of a methionine residue between the glutathione S-transferase and the neurotensin has facilitated the rapid cleavage of the neurotensin from its carrier protein. Purification of recombinant neurotensin was performed by reverse-phase HPLC. This method produced a relatively high yield of peptide and offers the potential for economic partial or uniform labeling of small peptides (<15 amino acids) with isotopes for NMR or other biophysical techniques.