Expression of recombinant porcine preprorelaxin in Nicotiana tabacum
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Two recombinant relaxin genes were constructed that contained the patatin signal peptide cDNA fused in frame to prorelaxin cDNA, which was codon-optimized for expression in Nicotiana tabacum, under the control of either the â superâ promoter or the dual enhanced cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter. Eighteen transgenic tobacco plants were generated that were transformed with the above recombinant genes. Preprorelaxin, mRNA was detected in 12 of the transgenic plants. Fully processed relaxin protein was not found in any tobacco plants that had demonstrated gene expression by northern blot analysis. Preprorelaxin was only identified in extracts from transgenic plants that contained the insoluble protein fraction, as determined by western blot analysis. Additionally, an increased yield of preprorelaxin was identified after incubation of tobacco leaves in an ubiquitin inhibitor.
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