We have constructed a cDNA library in the plasmid expression vector pUEX enriched in sequences encoding membrane proteins. The procedure involved positive selection of sequences common to two different rat tissues (thus excluding tissue-specific mRNA) followed by positive selection between this material and RNA extracted from membrane bound polysomes (thus excluding cytoplasmic proteins). The resultant library prepared from rat kidney cDNA hybridized with rat liver poly(A)+ RNA, contained 30,000 clones and was shown to be enriched in cDNAs encoding membrane proteins. Seventeen clones selected because they encode large fusion proteins were shown to be single copy in the library, and not present in nucleotide data banks. Thus the strategy is particularly suitable for cloning low abundance cDNAs encoding membrane proteins.

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