Applied and Environmental Microbiology vol:63 issue:5 pages:1808-13
In order to evaluate the expression and secretion signals of the highly secreted subtilisin inhibitor of Streptomyces venezuelae CBS762.70 (VSI) for the production of heterologous proteins by Streptomyces lividans, mouse tumor necrosis factor alpha (mTNF) was chosen as a model protein. The mTNF cDNA was fused to the vsi signal sequence. The analysis of secretion by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and biological activity measurements revealed an efficient translocation of mTNF. Up to 300 mg of secreted biologically active mTNF per liter could be obtained in shaken-flask cultures. By analyzing the effects of mutations in the N region of the VSI signal peptide on secretion, we found that decreasing the +3 charge of the wild-type protein to +2 resulted in a 3- to 10-fold increase in secretion.