Production of an anti-Candidapeptide via fed batch and ion exchange chromatography

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Interest in peptides as diagnostic and therapeutic materials require their manufacture via either a recombinant or synthetic route. This study examined the former, where a recombinant fusion consisting of an antifungal peptide was expressed and isolated from Escherichia coli. Fed batch fermentation with E. coli harboring an arabinose-inducible plasmid produced the 12 residue anti-Candida peptide fused to the N-terminal of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFPUV). The purification of the fusion protein, using ion-exchange chromatography, was monitored by using the intrinsic fluorescence of GFPUV. The recombinant antifungal peptide was successfully released by cyanogen bromide-induced cleavage of the fusion protein. The recombinant peptide showed the expected antifungal activity. © 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 32:865–871, 2016

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