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J Biotechnol November 10, 2022; 358 1-8.
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Non-viral 2A-like sequences for protein coexpression.

Su WW , Zhang B , Han Z , Kumar S , Gupta M .

Simultaneous coexpression of multiple proteins is essential for biotechnology and synthetic biology. Currently, the most popular polyprotein coexpression system utilizes the foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) 2A peptide that mediates translational ribosome-skipping events. However, due to unfavorable consumer acceptance of transgenic products containing animal-virus sequences, novel non-viral 2A-like peptides from purple sea urchin (Strongylcentrotus purpuratus) and California sea slug (Aplysia californica) were investigated for polyprotein coexpression in this study. We demonstrated that these non-viral 2A sequences functioned similarly to their viral counterpart in polyprotein processing, in both plant and mammalian cells, and were successfully used to express a functional recombinant antibody. The new non-viral 2A-like sequences offer an alternative tool for engineering multigenic traits or production of protein complexes as biomedicine via coexpression of protein subunits.

PubMed ID: 35995093
Article link: J Biotechnol