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Engineering the folding pathway of insect cells: Generation of a stably transformed insect cell line showing improved folding of a recombinant membrane protein

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Lenhard,  Thomas
Department of Molecular Membrane Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Max Planck Society;

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Reiländer,  Helmut
Department of Molecular Membrane Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Max Planck Society;

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Lenhard, T., & Reiländer, H. (1997). Engineering the folding pathway of insect cells: Generation of a stably transformed insect cell line showing improved folding of a recombinant membrane protein. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 238(3), 823-830. doi:10.1006/bbrc.1997.7395.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-1327-8
Abstract
he baculovirus-insect cell expression system has proven to be a valuable tool for the high level production of a multitude of recombinant proteins. However, production of membrane proteins in infected insect cells is often hampered by incorrect folding and processing which results in the accumulation of non-functional protein. Here, we report the construction of a Sf9 insect cell line stably transformed with the 12 ninaA gene from D. melanogaster rhabdomere. Engineered Sfn insect cells infected with a recombinant baculovirus bearing the human dopamine transporter gene under the control of the polyhedrin promoter showed a ≤ 5 times enhanced uptake of [3H]dopamine in comparison to similarly infected Sf9 cells. This increase in specific transport activity was not due to an altered K(m) value in the Sfn cell line. The uptake in infected Sfn cells was blocked by the peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerase inhibitor cyclosporin A which had no effect on infected Sf9 cells. From these results we conclude that the prolyl-cis/trans isomerase activity of the ninaA in the stably transformed Sfn cell line was responsible, directly or indirectly, for the improved folding of the heterologously produced human dopamine transporter.