Overcoming difficulties on synthesis of cardiac troponin-I

Selimoglu S. M. , Kasap M. , Akpınar G. , Karadenizli A.

PREPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY, cilt.47, ss.94-99, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 47
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/10826068.2016.1172894
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.94-99


Human cardiac troponin-I (cTnI) is one of the most sensitive and specific indicators, used in the diagnosis of myocardial infarction. To produce the protein efficiently, Escherichia coli and Pichia pastoris systems were used. Initial trials for the expression in E. coli were not successful, although different expression vectors with different promoters were tested. This led us to use P. pastoris for the expression. After several trials with two different expression strains of P. pastoris, it was concluded that P. pastoris was also not an optimal expression host for cTnI. Comprehensive analysis of the expression systems indicated that an efficient expression is only possible when the gene is optimized for expression in E. coli. For this purpose, the gene was optimized in-silico, but edited manually afterwards. It was synthesized and cloned into pQE-2 vector. Expression was performed using routine experimental conditions. Thus, cTnI could be efficiently expressed from the optimized gene in E. coli. The expression and purification were practical and may be used for commercial purposes since a total yield of 25 mu g highly pure protein per milliliter of culture could be obtained. The protein was in its ready-to-use form for many biological applications, including as a standard in diagnostic tests and an antigen for antibody production.