High-level synthesis of complex enzymes like bacterial [NiFe] hydrogenases, in general, requires an expression system that allows concerted expression of a large number of genes. So far, it has not been possible to overproduce a hydrogenase in a stable and active form by using a customary expression system. Therefore we started to establish a new, T7-based expression system in the phototrophic bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus. The beneficial properties of this bacterial host in combination with the unique capacity of T7 RNA polymerase to synthesize long transcripts will allow the high-level synthesis and assembly of active hydrogenase as well as other complex enzymes in the near future.

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