Cloning and Expression of Spider Dragline Silk Protein Gene in Escherichia coli and Eukaryotic Cells  

Danmei Liu1,2 , Fen Wang1 , Wenli Li1
1. School of Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, 116023, P.R. China
2. School of Agriculture, Eastern Liaoning University, Dandong, 118001, P.R. China
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Molecular Entomology, 2011, Vol. 2, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/me.2011.02.0001
Received: 19 Nov., 2011    Accepted: 26 Dec., 2011    Published: 28 Dec., 2011
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Liu et al., 2011, Cloning and Expression of Spider Dragline Silk Protein Gene in Escherichia coli and Eukaryotic Cell, Genomics and Applied Biology, 30(1): 16-20 (doi: 10.3969/gab.030.000016)


With the extreme tensile strength and toughness, spider silk has a high application value in a wide range of medical and industrial. However, the application of spider silk was limited because of its non-domestication. So, we tried to obtain the spider silk protein by genetic engineering. In this study, the dragline silk gene (ASP), a 837 bp fragment was cloned from the genome of spider (Araneus ventricosus) by Nested PCR. And then it was ligated into pGEX-6p-1 prokaryotic expression vector and pGFP-N2 eukaryotic expression vector, named as pASG and pASN, respectively. The fusion protein GST-ASP was successfully expressed in pASG and characterized by Western blotting with anti-GST antibodies after induced at 16℃ for 24 h in E. coli. The fusion proteins ASP-GFP was also successfully expressed in pASN by the detection of green fluorescence after transfected in insect sf9 cells for 8 h, which indicated that the ASP gene was correctly expressed in E. coli and eukaryotic cells, respectively. This study provides a beneficial attempt to develop the pathway for yielding spider silk protein by genetic engineering.

Dragline silk gene; Gene cloning; Prokaryotic expression; Eukaryotic expression
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