expression test services


Quickly discover the vector that gives the best protein expression levels for your gene.


Choose from preselected panels: promoters, solubility tags or secretion signals; or create your own custom panel.


ATUM will clone and panel test your gene for expression levels to identify the best vector. Expression evaluation services are available for expression in E. coli and Yeast.

Expression Test Services


  • Test your construct in any bacterial vector panel – Promoters, Solubility Tags, or Secretion Signals
  • Cost – Expression Panel Testing ($395/construct, 10% discount for testing an entire panel), in addition to regular gene synthesis and vector panel costs
  • Contact for ordering information

Case Study: Promoter Panel Results

Different promoters work better for different proteins. Expression of three proteins, phi29 (~61 kD), cutinase (~22 kD) and DasherGFP (~26 kD), under control of different promoters, T5 and T7 (IPTG-inducible), rham (rhamnose-inducible) and phoA (inducible by phosphate starvation) is shown on an SDS-PAGE gel.

Case Study: Solubility Tag Panel Results

Soluble protein expression using different solubility tags is protein dependent. Three proteins encoded by genes A (~48 kD), B (~49 kD) and C (~59 kD) with solubility problems were expressed in E.coli expression vectors (pD441-XXX) with various N-terminal solubility tags MBP (~42 kD), GST (~26 kD), PpiBT (~19 kD), Fh8 (~8.8 kD) and 6XHis as a negative control (~1 kD) under control of the IPTG-inducible T5 promoter, at 37°C and room temperature (RT). Higher soluble protein expression was observed at RT except for gene A with MBP tag. BL21 cells were transformed and grown at 37°C in 2 ml LB + 30 µg/ml kanamycin to an OD600 of 0.8. Cultures were induced by addition of 1mM IPTG and incubated for 3 hrs at 37°C or overnight at room temperature (RT); uninduced cultures were run as negative controls. Samples were pelleted, lysed and total and soluble preps prepared. Total protein (T) samples and soluble fractions (S) were denatured and reduced in sample buffer with reducing agent at 95°C for 10min. 5µl (approx. 5 O.Ds) of denatured sample was loaded per lane of a 4-12% NuPAGE Bis-Tris MES gel and Coomasie stained.  Band volumes (shown in red boxes) were measured and quantitated using BSA as a reference.

Case Study: Secretion Signal Panel Results

Periplasmic expression of Cutinase from rhamnose vectors (pD881, low copy) with different secretion signals. Total protein samples and periplasmic fractions were prepared and loaded on a 4-12% NuPAGE Bis-Tris MES gel and Coomasie stained. As observed from the gels, there are clear differences in expression and processing of the cutinase protein with different secretion signals seen in the periplasmic fractions (shown by arrows).


  • ATUM Expression Data Report
  • SDS-PAGE results for total and soluble protein fractions
  • Semi-quantitative Western* results (optional for genes with His or Flag tag)
  • Growth and induction protocols

Terms & Conditions

  • Expression panel tests are available for bacterial vector panels with a volume discount. Cost for expression testing is $395.00 USD per construct per vector with a 10% discount off the total testing cost. Discount does not apply to regular gene synthesis or cloning fees.
  • Prices are per construct (gene) and are in addition to regular gene synthesis and cloning fees.
  • * There is an additional $50 USD fee per gene for Western Blot service.
  • Listed prices are for genes <3kb in length. Please consult with our Expression Specialists to determine specific pricing for genes longer than 3kb.
  • Expression Test services must be placed at time of order for each gene.
  • Expression Standard is >5µg/ml E. coli culture under standard conditions (5.0 OD600 culture in our expression conditions) in the ATUM laboratory (detectable via SDS-PAGE and/or Western).
  • ATUM will provide electronic gel image and protocols for expression to the customer.
  • ATUM does not guarantee protein solubility.
  • ATUM does not guarantee the ability of customers, researchers or external labs to produce similar expression levels.
  • ATUM reserves the right to decline Expression Test orders.

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