Bacterial cytoplasm production of an egfp-labeled single-chain fv antibody specific for the her2 human receptor

Alessio Lombardi, Giulio Gianese, Caterina Arcangeli, Patrizia Galeffi, Maria Sperandei

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The human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is the main diagnostic marker of breast and ovary cancers. Here, to obtain a rapid and sensitive immunodiagnostic tool a single-chain antibody (scFv800E6) specific for the HER2 was fused to the N-terminus of the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) by a flexible linker. The soluble production of the novel scFv800E6-EGFP protein in the cytoplasm of Escherichia coli was investigated at different induction temperatures (25, 30 and 37°C); the intrinsic fluorescent properties and the binding activity to HER2 positive tumour cells of the fusion protein were analysed. Western blotting and fluorescence analysis of SDS-PAGE revealed the presence of two scFv800E6-EGFP forms, with different mobility and optical properties, their ratio depending on the induction temperature. The fluorescent form maintained the optical fluorescence properties of EGFP and exhibited a binding activity to the HER2-expressing cells comparable to that of the non-fused scFv800E6. In addition, to provide an insight into the effect of the induction temperature on the molecular structure, the folding of the fusion protein was assessed at atomic level by performing molecular dynamics simulations of the homology-derived model of scFv800E6-EGFP at 300 K and 310 K. The comparison of the data collected at these two temperatures revealed that the higher temperature affects specific structural elements. To improve the production of the soluble and functional scFv800E6-EGFP protein, “in silico” results could be utilised for ad hoc design of the molecular structure. © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425 - 439
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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