Cell-free Synthesis of Macromolecular Complexes

Mathieu Botte, Aurelien Deniaud, Christiane Schaffitzel

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Cell-free protein synthesis based on E. coli cell extracts has been described for the first time more than 50 years ago. To date, cell-free synthesis is widely used for the preparation of toxic proteins, for studies of the translation process and its regulation as well as for the incorporation of artificial or labeled amino acids into a polypeptide chain. Many efforts have been directed towards establishing cell-free expression as a standard method for gene expression, with limited success. In this chapter we will describe the state-of-the-art of cell-free expression, extract preparation methods and recent examples for successful applications of cell-free synthesis of macromolecular complexes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Technologies for Protein Complex Production and Characterization
EditorsM. Cristina Vega
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319272160
ISBN (Print)9783319272146
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)0065-2598

Structured keywords

  • Bristol BioDesign Institute


  • Cell-free synthesis
  • Ribosomes
  • Membrane proteins
  • Synthetic biology

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