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Expression of recombinant porcine lactoferrin N-lobe in Pichia methanolica and its antibacterial activity
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Institute of Feed Science, Zhejiang University, The Key Laboratory of Molecular Animal Nutrition, Ministry of Education, No. 164 Qiutao North Road, Hangzhou 310029, P.R. China
 
 
Publication date: 2007-05-02
 
 
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Y. Z. Wang   

Institute of Feed Science, Zhejiang University, The Key Laboratory of Molecular Animal Nutrition, Ministry of Education, No. 164 Qiutao North Road, Hangzhou 310029, P.R. China
 
 
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2007;16(2):283-292
 
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Lactoferrin is a multifunctional, iron-binding glycoprotein found in physiological fluids of mammals. Many functions of lactoferrin are thought to be involved in the N-lobe. In the present study, a gene encoding the N-lobe of porcine lactoferrin was cloned and expressed in Pichia methanolica. The gene contains 1038 bp, an “AGG” codon between 1039-1041bp in the PLF gene was replaced with a “TAA” stop codon through primer design and PCR. The sequencing results were aligned with the sequence (Genbank, L77887), indicating that the homology between these two sequences was 99%. The porcine lactoferrin N-lobe (PLfN) was expressed successfully in Pichia methanolica, and was secreted into the culture medium. The protein translated from the new ORF contained 346 amino acid residues, including a 17-amino acid signal peptide, its MW was approximately 42 kD, and it possessed antibacterial activity toward Escherichia coli ATCC25922. The method established in our study will pave the way for efficient industrial production of recombinant PLfN on a large scale for future utilization of this protein as a feed additive.
 
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