Effect of temperature on protein quality in bacterial inclusion bodies

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Increasing evidence indicates that protein aggregation in bacteria does not necessarily imply loss of biological activity. Here, we have investigated the effect of growth-temperature on both the activity and stability of the inclusion bodies formed by a point-mutant of Aβ42 Alzheimer peptide, using green fluorescent protein as a reporter. The activity in the aggregates inversely correlates with the temperature. In contrast, inclusion bodies become more stable in front of chemical denaturation and proteolysis when temperature increases. Overall, the data herein open new perspectives in protein production, while suggesting a kinetic competition between protein folding and aggregation during recombinant protein expression. © 2006 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6471-6476
JournalFEBS Letters
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2006


  • Escherichia coli
  • Inclusion bodies
  • Protein aggregation
  • Protein folding
  • Recombinant protein expression


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