Expression and purification of recombinant G protein-coupled receptors: A review

Daniel N. Wiseman, Abigail Otchere, Jaimin H. Patel, Romez Uddin, Naomi L. Pollock, Sarah J. Routledge, Alice J. Rothnie, Cathy Slack, David R. Poyner, Roslyn M. Bill, Alan D. Goddard

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Given their extensive role in cell signalling, GPCRs are significant drug targets; despite this, many of these receptors have limited or no available prophylaxis. Novel drug design and discovery significantly rely on structure determination, of which GPCRs are typically elusive. Progress has been made thus far to produce sufficient quantity and quality of protein for downstream analysis. As such, this review highlights the systems available for recombinant GPCR expression, with consideration of their advantages and disadvantages, as well as examples of receptors successfully expressed in these systems. Additionally, an overview is given on the use of detergents and the styrene maleic acid (SMA) co-polymer for membrane solubilisation, as well as purification techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105524
JournalProtein Expression and Purification
Early online date31 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding: We are grateful for support from BBSRC (BB/N007417/1, BB/P025927/1, BB/P022685/1, BB/M016668/1, BB/L015846/1, BB/M007529/1, BB/R02152X/1, BB/S004696/1 and BB/T001488/1), H2020 ERA CoBioTech (under grant agreement No. 722361) and H2020 MSCA COFUND (under grant agreement No. 847419).

© 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (


  • Expression
  • GPCR
  • Purification
  • Review


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