Predictive mutagenesis of ligation-independent cloning (LIC) vectors for protein expression and site-specific chemical conjugation

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Ligation-independent cloning (LIC) allows for cloning of DNA constructs independent of insert restriction sites and ligases. However, any required mutations are typically introduced by additional, time-consuming steps. We present a rapid, inexpensive method for mutagenesis in the 5' LIC site of expression constructs and report on the construction of expression vectors with N-terminal serine, cysteine, threonine, or tyrosine residues after tobacco etch virus (TEV) protease cleavage. In a practical application, the N-terminal serine was oxidized to an aldehyde, subsequently reacted with an amino-oxy functionalized polyethylene glycol (PEG) ligand under aniline catalysis to provide a protein selectively modified at the N-terminus.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)312-314
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Amino Acid Sequence, Cloning, Molecular, Endopeptidases, Genetic Vectors, Molecular Sequence Data, Mutagenesis, Plasmids, Polyethylene Glycols, Recombinant Proteins, Serine

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