Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 319–326 | Cite as

Factors that influence the extracellular expression of streptavidin in Escherichia coli using a bacteriocin release protein

  • Gerhard MikschEmail author
  • Stella Ryu
  • Joe Max Risse
  • Erwin Flaschel
Applied Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology


Aiming to increase production of recombinant streptavidin in Escherichia coli, the effect of different leader sequences, different promoter strengths of the bacteriocin release protein (kil), host strain and medium composition on the expression and secretion into the medium was investigated. Expression vectors containing an expression or secretion unit were constructed with different combinations of leader sequence for the streptavidin gene and promoters for the kil gene and streptavidin gene. Results showed that a high-level extracellular production of streptavidin could be accomplished with E. coli BL21(DE3) by using the leader sequence of the phoA gene, a strong stationary-phase promoter for the kil gene and supplementation of the medium by glycine. Using a stationary-phase promoter for the expression of streptavidin had a negative effect.


Escherichia coli Streptavidin Secretion Promoter Leader sequence Glycine Bacteriocin release protein 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Miksch
    • 2
    Email author
  • Stella Ryu
    • 1
  • Joe Max Risse
    • 1
  • Erwin Flaschel
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für FermentationstechnikUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Forschungszentrum für Medizintechnik und BiotechnologieBad LangensalzaGermany

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