Rinehart & Söll Phosphoprotein Synthesis Kit
O-Phosphoserine (Sep), the most abundant phosphoamino acid in the eukaryotic phosphoproteome, is not encoded in the genetic code, but synthesized posttranslationally. Here, we present an engineered system for specific cotranslational Sep incorporation (directed by UAG) into any desired position in a protein by an Escherichia coli strain that harbors a Sep-accepting transfer RNA (tRNASep), its cognate Sep–tRNA synthetase (SepRS), and an engineered EF-Tu (EF-Sep). Expanding the genetic code rested on reengineering EF-Tu to relax its quality-control function and permit Sep-tRNASep binding. To test our system, we synthesized the activated form of human mitogen-activated ERK activating kinase 1 (MEK1) with either one or two Sep residues cotranslationally inserted in their canonical positions (Sep218, Sep222). This system has general utility in protein engineering, molecular biology, and disease research.
This set of plasmids is described in
Expanding the genetic code of Escherichia coli with phosphoserine. Park HS, Hohn MJ, Umehara T, Guo LT, Osborne EM, Benner J, Noren CJ, Rinehart J, Söll D. Science. 2011 Aug 26;333(6046):1151-4. PubMed 21868676.
This set consists of plasmids:
Along with strains:
The kit is $270, plus shipping and handling. This kit consists of 7 bacterial stabs (5 plasmids and 2 strains). Individual plasmids or strains can also be ordered at $65 per plasmid using the above links.