LIC (Ligation-Independent Cloning) vectors




A paper describing ligation-independent cloning vectors constructed for high-throughput cloning and purification of proteins.


Fifteen related ligation-independent cloning vectors were constructed for high-throughput cloning and purification of proteins. The vectors encode a Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV) protease site for removal of tags that facilitate protein purification (His-tag) or improve solubility (MBP, GST). Specialized vectors allow coexpression and copurification of interacting proteins, or in vivo removal of MBP by Tobacco Vein Mottling Virus (TVMV) protease to improve screening and purification. All target genes and vectors are processed by the same protocols, which we describe here.

We developed a set of superior LIC vectors tailored specifically for automated purification of proteins for crystallization. Details of these vectors can be found at More information can be found in the 2011 review by Kim, et al.


Eschenfeldt WH, Lucy S, Millard CS, Joachimiak A, Mark ID. "A family of LIC vectors for high-throughput cloning and purification of proteins." Methods Mol. Biol. 498, 105-15 (2009). PubMed ID: 18988021 | Search SBKB Publications portal | PMC Link

Nallamsetty S, Kapust RB, Tözsér J, Cherry S, Tropea JE, Copeland TD, Waugh DS. "Efficient site-specific processing of fusion proteins by tobacco vein mottling virus protease in vivo and in vitro." Protein Expr Purif. 38, 108-15 (2004). PubMed ID:15477088

Kim Y, Babnigg G, Jedrzejczak R, Eschenfeldt WH, Li H, Maltseva N, Hatzos-Skintges C, Gu M, Makowska-Grzyska M, Wu R, An H, Chhor G, Joachimiak A. "High-throughput protein purification and quality assessment for crystallization." Methods. 55:12-28 (2011). PubMed ID: 21907284 | Search SBKB Publications portal


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Midwest Center for Structural Genomics


Vectors are available from the PSI:Biology-Materials Repository.


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