Multiplexed in vivo his-tagging of enzyme pathways for in vitro single-pot multienzyme catalysis

Harris H. Wang*, Po Yi Huang, George Xu, Wilhelm Haas, Adam Marblestone, Jun Li, Steven P. Gygi, Anthony C. Forster, Michael C. Jewett, George M. Church

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Protein pathways are dynamic and highly coordinated spatially and temporally, capable of performing a diverse range of complex chemistries and enzymatic reactions with precision and at high efficiency. Biotechnology aims to harvest these natural systems to construct more advanced in vitro reactions, capable of new chemistries and operating at high yield. Here, we present an efficient Multiplex Automated Genome Engineering (MAGE) strategy to simultaneously modify and co-purify large protein complexes and pathways from the model organism Escherichia coli to reconstitute functional synthetic proteomes in vitro. By application of over 110 MAGE cycles, we successfully inserted hexa-histidine sequences into 38 essential genes in vivo that encode for the entire translation machinery. Streamlined co-purification and reconstitution of the translation protein complex enabled protein synthesis in vitro. Our approach can be applied to a growing area of applications in in vitro one-pot multienzyme catalysis (MEC) to manipulate or enhance in vitro pathways such as natural product or carbohydrate biosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalACS synthetic biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2012


  • Cell-free protein synthesis
  • Genome engineering
  • MAGE
  • Multienzyme catalysis
  • Protein purification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)

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