Host protein synthesis is shut down in the lytic baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS). This also affects host proteins involved in routing secretory proteins through the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-Golgi system. It has been demonstrated that a secretory alkaline phosphatase–EGFP fusion protein (SEFP) can act as a traceable and sensitive secretory reporter protein in BEVS. In this study, a chaperone, calreticulin (CALR), and the translation initiation factor eIF4E were co-expressed with SEFP using a bicistronic baculovirus expression vector. We observed that the intracellular distribution of SEFP in cells co-expressing CALR was different from co-expressing eIF4E. The increased green fluorescence emitted by cells co-expressing CALR had a good correlation with the abundance of intracellular SEFP protein and an unconventional ER expansion. Cells co-expressing eIF4E, on the other hand, showed an increase in extracellular SEAP activity compared to the control. Utilization of these baculovirus expression constructs containing either eIF4E or CALR offers a significant advantage for producing secreted proteins for various biotechnological and therapeutic applications.
- baculovirus expression system
- ribosome entry site