Expression in E. coli


 Protein expression in E. coli is the most economical and commonly used approach.  It is particularly suitable for the preparation of antigens, ligands, cytokines or bacterial proteins.  The ease of use of the system and the knowledge of host genetics have made it a system of choice in many instances.  In addition, E. coli has a short culture period and offers the possibility of high yields.


Over the last decades, the E. coli expression system has

been developed and documented by its extensive use in research and by industrial users for a large number of recombinant protein expressions.




Service Description

All services include multiple steps from gene to purified protein as described in the table below.

Leadtime is approximately 8-10 weeks.



Description Resulting Material Average turnaround (*)
Gene synthesis
-Codon optimization
-Gene synthesis
-Cloning in standard pUC plasmid
-Complete sequencing
Cloned, synthesized and verified gene 2 weeks
Subcloning for expression
-Plasmid prep
-Clone selection
-Complete sequencing
Plasmid vector with cloned target gene 2 weeks
Pilot expression
-Expression pilot and optimization experiments
-Choice of most suitable host
-Adjust culture conditions
-Determine yields and protein behavior
10-50 µg of semi-purified protein 2-3 weeks
Expression and purification
-Protein extraction
-Protein purification
Purified protein 2-3 weeks

(*) Average production time for average difficult project. Actual turn around time varies with individual project features.