Zhonghua Jie He He Hu Xi Za Zhi. 1997 Dec; 20(6): 336-9.
[Construction of Escherichia coli-Mycobacteria shuttle plasmid and the stable expression of human interleukin-2 in BCG and Escherichia coli]
Central Laboratory, Second Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou Chinese Traditional Medicine University.
OBJECTIVE: To construct and identify Escherchia coli (E. coli)-Mycobacteria shuttle plasmid and to detect stable expression of foreign gene in E. coli and BCG. METHOD: With a genetic engineering technique to construct the E. coli-Mycobacteria shuttle plasmid, the human interleukin-2 (IL-2) gene was electrophoreted into BCG with recombinant plasmid PZSIII-I and positive clones selected using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. The expression of foreign gene of human IL-2 in BCG was identified by ELISA and SDS-PAGE. RESULT: Human IL-2 cytokine was steadily expressed in recombinant BCG and E. coli and could secrete outside the cell. CONCLUSION: M. bovis BCG recombinant constructed can produce and secrete the human IL-2. A secretion of the active cytokine was accomplished through the combined use of the BCG HSP65 promoter and a secretion signal from the BCG Ag-85B. The BCG HSP65 promoter is active in both BCG as well as E. coli which can not secrete foreign protein.