Expression of Membrane Proteins in Drosophila Melanogaster S2 Cells: Production and Analysis of a EGFP-Fused G Protein-Coupled Receptor as a Model

  • Karl Brillet
  • Carlos A. Pereira
  • Renaud WagnerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 601)


In the process of selecting an appropriate host for the heterologous expression of functional eukaryotic membrane proteins, Drosophila S2 cells, although not yet fully explored, appear as a valuable alternative to mammalian cell lines or other virus-infected insect cell systems. This nonlytic, plasmid-based system actually combines several major physiological and bioprocess advantages that make it a highly potential and scalable cellular tool for the production of membrane proteins in a variety of applications, including functional characterization, pharmacological profiling, molecular simulations, structural analyses, or generation of vaccines. We present here a series of protocols and hints that would serve the successful expression of membrane proteins in S2 cells, using an enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)/G protein-coupled receptor (EGFP-GPCR) as a model.

Key words

Drosophila S2 cells heterologous expression membrane proteins recombinant GPCR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Brillet
    • 1
  • Carlos A. Pereira
    • 2
  • Renaud Wagner
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Dpt Récepteurs et des Protéines MembranairesIllkirchFrance
  2. 2.Laboratório de Imunologia ViralInstituto ButantanSão PauloBrasil

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