Lu Shen, Zhenyun Liu, Fenli Xie, Xuerui Zhang and Shuhua Tan Pages 1005 - 1009 ( 5 )
Numerous proteins have been secreted in P. pastoris by fusing the target gene with α-factor pre-pro sequence at Kex2 endopeptidase cleavage site. However, in some instances the product cannot be correctly processed due to aberrant cleavage by Kex2 endopeptidase such as aprotinin. In this study, an aprotinin gene was cloned into pPIC9K at the signal peptidase cleavage site through a single NheI restriction site designed at the 3’end of the α-factor signal sequence preregion, and transformed into GS115 host cell. By G418 resistance and ELISA assay, a high-yield recombinant was selected. After fed-batch cultivation in a 7-L bioreactor, the product was efficiently secreted into culture medium and accumulated up to ~ 4.7 mg L-1. MALDI-TOF/MS and N-terminal analyses confirmed its authenticity. Thus, a novel cloning strategy for secretion of aprotinin with correct N-terminal processing in P. pastoris has been developed which can be potentially applied to other proteins.
Secretion, Pichia pastoris, α-factor pre-pro sequence
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