Medium-Throughput Production of Recombinant Human Proteins: Protein Production in Insect Cells

  • Pravin Mahajan
  • Claire Strain-Damerell
  • Opher Gileadi
  • Nicola A. Burgess-Brown
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1091)


This chapter describes the step-by-step methods employed by the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) for screening and producing proteins in the baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS). This eukaryotic expression system was selected and a screening process established in 2007 as a measure to tackle the more challenging kinase, RNA–DNA processing and integral membrane protein families on our target list. Here, we discuss our platform for identifying soluble proteins from 3 ml of insect cell culture and describe the procedures involved in producing protein from liter-scale cultures. Although not discussed in this chapter, the same process can also be applied to integral membrane proteins (IMPs) with slight adaptations to the purification procedure.

Key words

Insect cells Baculovirus BEVS Expression Recombinant Protein Purification IMAC SEC Gel filtration 



We would like to thank all the SGC scientists (past and present) who contributed towards the development of the methods. The SGC is a registered charity (number 1097737) that receives funds from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Genome Canada, GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly Canada, the Novartis Research Foundation, Pfizer, Takeda, AbbVie, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, and the Wellcome Trust.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pravin Mahajan
    • 1
  • Claire Strain-Damerell
    • 1
  • Opher Gileadi
    • 1
  • Nicola A. Burgess-Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Structural Genomics ConsortiumUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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