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One of the major objectives of the Membrane Protein Network program (MePNet, www.mepnet.org) is to express one hundred G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in the yeast Pichia pastoris. We have developed an antibody-based assay in order to select for the best behaving clones at each step of the receptor preparation, from expression to solubilization. This(More)
Rabies is to this date one of the most important death causing zoonotic viral diseases, with 98% of deaths reported in developing countries, where access to modern vaccines and tools for efficient diagnostic remain unaffordable. In this paper, we describe a newly engineered RNA-based rabies virus glycoprotein (RVGP) expression vector based on the Semliki(More)
Most membrane proteins studies require the use of detergents, but because of the lack of a general, accurate and rapid method to quantify them, many uncertainties remain that hamper proper functional and structural data analyses. To solve this problem, we propose a method based on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)(More)
Production of recombinant receptors has been one of the major bottlenecks in structural biology on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The MePNet (Membrane Protein Network) was established to overexpress a large number of GPCRs in three major expression systems, based on Escherichia coli, Pichia pastoris and Semliki Forest virus (SFV) vectors. Evaluation(More)
We have optimized the expression level of 20 mammalian G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. We found that altering expression parameters, including growth temperature, and supplementation of the culture medium with specific GPCR ligands, histidine, and DMSO increased the amount of functional receptor, as assessed(More)
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest family of membrane proteins, represent ideal therapeutic targets for a number of disorders and diseases. Besides cell-based assays and high throughput screening (HTS), and thanks to the availability of milligram quantities of active purified receptors, protein-based approaches focusing on soluble GPCRs are(More)
BACKGROUND The large-scale production of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) for functional and structural studies remains a challenge. Recent successes have been made in the expression of a range of GPCRs using Pichia pastoris as an expression host. P. pastoris has a number of advantages over other expression systems including ability to(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant protein production is universally employed as a solution to obtain the milligram to gram quantities of a given protein required for applications as diverse as structural genomics and biopharmaceutical manufacture. Yeast is a well-established recombinant host cell for these purposes. In this study we wanted to investigate whether our(More)
Semliki Forest virus vectors were applied for the evaluation of 101 G protein-coupled receptors in three mammalian cell lines. Western blotting demonstrated that 95 of the 101 tested GPCRs showed positive signals. A large number of the GPCRs were expressed at high levels suggesting receptor yields in the range of 1 mg/L or higher, suitable for structural(More)
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent approximately 3% of human proteome and the most prominent class of pharmacological targets. Despite their important role in many functions, only the X-ray structures of rhodopsin, and more recently of the beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenergic receptors, have been resolved. Structural studies of GPCRs require that(More)