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Secretory production of tetrameric native full-length streptavidin with thermostability using Streptomyces lividans as a host
© Noda et al.; licensee BioMed Central. 2015
Received: 25 August 2014
Accepted: 26 December 2014
Published: 13 January 2015
Streptavidin is a tetrameric protein derived from Streptomyces avidinii, and has tight and specific biotin binding affinity. Applications of the streptavidin-biotin system have been widely studied. Streptavidin is generally produced using protein expression in Escherichia coli. In the present study, the secretory production of streptavidin was carried out using Streptomyces lividans as a host.
In this study, we used the gene encoding native full-length streptavidin, whereas the core region is generally used for streptavidin production in E. coli. Tetrameric streptavidin composed of native full-length streptavidin monomers was successfully secreted in the culture supernatant of S. lividans transformants, and had specific biotin binding affinity as strong as streptavidin produced by E. coli. The amount of Sav using S. lividans was about 9 times higher than using E. coli. Surprisingly, streptavidin produced by S. lividans exhibited affinity to biotin after boiling, despite the fact that tetrameric streptavidin is known to lose its biotin binding ability after brief boiling.
We successfully produced a large amount of tetrameric streptavidin as a secretory-form protein with unique thermotolerance.
Streptomyces are gram-positive, filamentous soil bacteria known for their ability to secrete heterologous proteins in culture supernatants [13-15]. Streptomyces lividans is the most versatile host among this genus for the production of useful proteins. The secretory production of useful proteins is an important tool for protein production, and is industrially effective due to the simple purification procedures involved without refolding or protein extraction from the cell. There are a large number of reports concerning the secretory production of useful proteins using S. lividans as the host. Pozidis et al. successfully used it to produce a biopharmaceutical, mTNFa, derived from mouse . Zhang et al. reported the secretory production of human interleukin-4 receptor . Thus, S. lividans has great ability to express heterologous proteins, and has attracted attention as an industrial host for protein production . Although the secretory production of various complex proteins, including mammalian proteins, using S. lividans has been demonstrated, there are few reports concerning the secretory production of multimeric proteins, such as dimers or tetramers.
In the present study, we carried out the secretory production of tetrameric Savnat, which retained affinity to biotin, using recombinant S. lividans as the host. We previously reported the secretory production of various useful proteins using S. lividans as a host . Using this system, we tried to produce Savnat and successfully demonstrated that S. lividans can be used for the secretory production of active-form tetrameric Sav. This result strongly suggests that S. lividans can be used for the secretory production of other useful multimeric proteins. In addition, to investigate the contribution of the N- and C-terminal regions of Savnat in Sav production using S. lividans, three truncated Sav variants, SavΔN, SavΔC, and Savcore, were constructed. Using these variants, we demonstrated that the N- and C-terminal regions of Sav were of significance in Sav production using S. lividans.
Results and discussion
The secretory production of Savnat using S. lividans and evaluation of biotin binding ability
One of the advantages of secretory production system using S. lividans is the productivity of the protein of interest. There are a lot of reports concerning the secretory production system using S. lividans as the host [13-16]. The secretory production of useful protein is one of practical ways for industrial protein production due to the simple purification procedures that proteins could be purified directly from the culture broth .
Here, to evaluate the utility of our secretory production system in Sav production, the Sav productivity using S. lividans was compared to that of using E. coli. 0.61 mg of SavEco was purified from the 100 mL culture broth, whereas the amount of purified Savnat using S. lividans as the host reached 3.1 mg from the 100 mL culture broth. In order to achieve the further Sav productivity, the signal peptide derived from phospholipase D from S. cinnamoneus (pld signal peptide) was fused in front of the gene encoding Savnat , meaning that Pld signal peptide existed in the N-terminus of the original signal peptide of Sav, and S. lividans/psSavnat was created. As the result, 5.6 mg of Savnat was purified from the 100 mL culture broth using S. lividans/psSavnat. Thus, the productivity of Sav using S. lividans was 9.2 times higher than that of using E.coli. There are some reports concerning Sav production using E. coli expression system. The amount of purified full-length Sav from 100 mL of culture broth reached 20 mg . However, in that expression system, fermentor was used for Sav production, and the culture condition needed to be strictly controlled. In this study, Sav and the variants can be expressed and purified by using our simple and conventional procedure. This has a great benefit that we can rapidly produce and evaluate various types of Sav mutants. Recently, Nogueira et al. demonstrated full-length Sav production using the secretory production system using Pichia pastoris , and this system may be also applied to Sav variants production. Thus, secretory production can be one of promising tools to produce Sav variants, whereas the large amount of Sav could be obtained using large scale fermentation.
Production of truncated Sav variants and evaluation of the biotin binding ability
There are many reports concerning Sav production using E. coli as the host [7,9,10,18]. In these studies, Sav is produced as Savcore, which consists of the residues Glu-14 to Ala-138 of Savnat , and Savcore is famous for having resistance to further degradation by many kinds of proteases . However, there are few reports concerning Savnat production, and the N- and C-terminal regions are not usually regarded as important in Sav production using E. coli. Here, we hypothesized that, in the case of secretory-form Sav production using S. lividans, the N- and C-terminal regions in Sav are significant.
Some secretory proteins derived from Streptomyces are expressed as pro-proteins with a pro-domain. The pro-domain is known to play an important role and to promote correct folding and translocation of the protein into the culture supernatant. In secretory production of transglutaminase (MTG), the pro-domain of MTG is a significant factor governing its specific activity and productivity . In the present study, Savcore couldn’t be obtained by using S. lividans secretory system although Sav is usually produced as Savcore in E.coli system. In addition, the biotin binding affinity of SavΔN and SavΔC were decreased, compared to that of Savnat (Figure 3(B)). Our current research might indicate that the N- and C-terminal regions of Sav are of significance to retain the activity, as well as the pro-domain of MTG.
Evaluation of the thermostability of Sav produced by S. lividans
Sav is a powerful tool in biotechnology and has been applied in various systems such as biomolecule labeling and immobilization of proteins or small molecules [4-6]. However, tetrameric Sav can usually be dissociated into monomeric Sav by simple boiling [3,9,12], and thus can be utilized only under mild conditions. Therefore, the construction of thermostable Sav can expand its potential applications. For instance, assembling biomass degradation enzymes from extreme thermophilic microbes on thermostable Sav will allow for artificial cellulosomes capable of reacting with high temperatures [20,21]. There are some reports concerning the importance of the thermostability of Sav or Sav mutants, and Chivers et al. successfully constructed a thermostable Sav mutant with the double mutation S52G/R53D .
In the present study, Sav production using S. lividans as a host was successfully achieved. Sav was produced in its tetrameric form and had tight and specific biotin binding affinity. The Sav productivity using S. lividans system was 9.2 fold higher than E. coli system. In secretory production of Sav using S. lividans, the N- and C-terminal regions of Sav were necessary for correct folding and the Sav productivity. These results indicate that our protein secretion system may be used for the secretion of other multimeric proteins. In addition, Sav produced by S. lividans exhibited thermostability, and its biotin binding affinity was retained after boiling. This thermotolerant Sav has many potential applications in biotechnology.
Plasmid construction, transformation, and cultivation
Strains, plasmids, transformants, and oligonucleotide primers used in this study
Strain, plasmid, primer, or transformant
Source or reference
endA1 hsdR17(r K12 - m K12 +) supE44 thi-I gyrA96 relA1 lac recA1/F’[proAB+ lacIq ZΔM15::Tn10(Tetr)]
TpR SmR recA, thi, pro, hsdR-M+RP4: 2-Tc:Mu: Km Tn7 λpir
BL21 (DE3) pLysS
F– ompT hsdS(r B – m B – ) gal dcm λ(DE3) pLysS (Camr) (λ(DE3): lacI,lacUV5-T7 gene 1,ind1,sam7,nin5)
Streptomyces lividans 1326
WT strain (NBRC 15675)
Versatile vector for protein expression in Streptomyces; thiostrepton and kanamycin resistance marker
Versatile vector for protein expression; thiostrepton resistance marker
Vector for Sav (core) expression; thiostrepton resistance marker
Vector for Sav (native) expression; thiostrepton resistance marker
Vector for Sav (native) expression; thiostrepton and kanamycin resistance marker
Vector for Sav (native) expression; thiostrepton and kanamycin resistance marker
Vector for Sav (core) expression; thiostrepton and kanamycin resistance marker
Vector for Sav-ΔC expression; thiostrepton and kanamycin resistance marker
Vector for Sav-ΔN expression; thiostrepton and kanamycin resistance marker
Vector used as a template for amplifying the synthetic gene of streptavidin
Versatile vector for protein expression in E. coli; ampicillin resistance marker
Vector for Sav expression; ampicillin resistance marker
S. lividans transformant harboring pTONA4-Savnat
S. lividans transformant harboring pTONA4- Savcore
S. lividans transformant harboring pTONA4-ps-Savnat
S. lividans transformant harboring pTONA4- SavΔC
S. lividans transformant harboring pTONA4- SavΔN
E. coli transformant harboring pColdI-Sav
E. coli S17-1 λpir (TpR SmR recA, thi, pro, hsdR-M+RP4: 2-Tc:Mu: Km Tn7 λpir) was transformed with each constructed plasmid. A single colony of each transformant was cultivated in 3 ml of LB medium containing 40 μg/ml kanamycin at 37°C for 8 h. Cells were harvested, and the cell suspension was washed three times with LB broth and centrifuged to remove kanamycin. The cells were then suspended in 500 μl of LB broth and mixed with S. lividans spores. The mixture was plated on ISP4 medium (1.0% soluble starch, 0.1% K2HPO4, 0.1% MgSO47H2O, 0.1% NaCl, 0.2% (NH4)2SO4, 0.2% CaCO3, 0.0001% FeSO4, 0.0001% MnCl2, 0.0001% ZnSO4, and 2.0% agar). The mixture was then incubated for 18 h at 30°C. A 3-ml aliquot of soft-agar nutrient broth containing kanamycin (50 μg/ml) and nalidixic acid (67 μg/ml) was dispensed in layers on the plate, which was then incubated at 30°C for 5–7 days. A single colony was streaked on an ISP4 agar plate containing kanamycin (50 μg/ml) and nalidixic acid (5 μg/ml). The plate was incubated at 30°C for 5–7 days, and selected transformants were named S. lividans/Savnat, S. lividans/Savcore, S. lividans/psSavnat, S. lividans/SavΔN, and S. lividans/SavΔC, respectively.
For production of Sav variants, a single colony of S. lividans/Savnat, S. lividans/Savcore, S. lividans/psSavnat, S. lividans/SavΔN, and S. lividans/SavΔN were inoculated in a test tube containing 5 ml of TSB medium supplemented with 50 μg/ml of kanamycin, followed by cultivation at 28°C for 3 days. Then, 5 ml of the preculture media of S. lividans/Savnat, S. lividans/Savcore, S. lividans/psSavnat, S. lividans/SavΔN, and S. lividans/SavΔC were seeded into a shaker flask with a baffle containing 100 ml of modified TSB medium with 5% tryptone, 50 μg/ml kanamycin, and 3% glucose as a carbon source, followed by incubation at 28°C for 5–6 days.
Hexahistidine tagged Sav produced by E. coli (SavEco) was produced as follows. The plasmid pColdI-Sav was introduced into E. coli BL21 (DE3) pLysS, and the resultant E. coli transformant was called E. coli/SavEco. Cells were grown in LB medium to an OD (600 nm) of 0.5 at 37°C, then cells were incubated a further 30 min at 15°C. Expression of the protein was induced by the addition of isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) to a final concentration of 0.5 mM. After growth for an additional 24 h at 15°C, cells were harvested by centrifugation. The cell pellets were resuspended in 50 mM phosphate, 150 mM NaCl, pH 8.0 and lysed by sonication.
Purification of Sav and Sav variants
Each culture supernatant (300 ml) of S. lividans/Savnat, S. lividans/Savcore, S. lividans/SavΔN, and S. lividans/SavΔC was precipitated by ammonium sulfate. The precipitate of each was collected by centrifugation at 20,000 g for 30 min and dissolved with buffer B (50 mM Tris–HCl, 300 mM NaCl, pH 7.5). Each Sav was purified using TALON metal affinity resins (TAKARA BIO, Shiga, Japan) according to the manufacturer’s protocol. After purification, both of the purified protein fractions were dialyzed with 50 mM phosphate buffer and 150 mM NaCl at pH 7.5. In the case of SavEco purification, culture broth (600 ml) of cell extract of E. coli/SavEco was directly purified using TALON metal affinity resins in a similar fashion. In this study, biotin binding ability was quantified by using Pierce Biotin Quantitation Kit (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA).
Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)
10 μl aliquots of each purified protein were directly mixed with SDS-PAGE buffer (2% SDS, 10% glycerol, 5% 2-mercaptoethanol, 0.002% bromophenol blue, 0.125 M Tris–HCl, pH 6.8) and boiled. The protein samples were fractionated on a 15% SDS-PAGE gel which was then stained with Coomassie Brilliant Blue R-250 (Nacalai Tesque, Kyoto, Japan). The concentrations of purified Savnat, SavΔN, SavΔC, and SavEco were determined using a BCA protein assay kit (Thermo Fisher Scientific).
Immobilization and biotin-avidin conjugation assays of purified Sav variants
The standard sample of Sav (Nacalai Tesque, Kyoto, Japan) and Savnat produced by S. lividans were immobilized on biotin coated plates. The maximal amount of each Sav added to the plates was 300 μg/mL. Each Sav was incubated in a 96-well biotin-coated plate (Thermo Fisher Scientific) for 30 min at 4°C. The wells were then washed with TBST three times, and 5 μg/L biotinylated horseradish peroxidase (biotin-HRP) (Thermo Fisher Scientific) per well were incubated for 1 h at room temperature. After washing wells with TBST three times, HRP activity was assayed with an ELISA POD substrate TMB Kit (Nacalai Tesque). Then the absorbance of 450 nm was analyzed with a plate reader (Wallac 1420 ARVOsx).
SavEco, SavΔN, and SavΔC were immobilized on nickel-coated plates (Thermo Fisher Scientific). The maximal amount of each Sav added to the plate was 300 μg/mL. After immobilization of each Sav, HRP activity was assayed in a similar fashion.
This work was supported by Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology from the Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas (Innovation Bioproduction Kobe), MEXT, Japan, and by the Advanced Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program (ALCA) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
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