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Transcriptional engineering of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase promoter for improved heterologous protein production in Pichia pastoris

Transcriptional engineering of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase promoter for improved heterologous protein production in Pichia pastoris
Diethard Mattanovich, Brigitte Gasser, Özge Ata, Roland Prielhofer, Pınar Çalık
The constitutive glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase promoter (PGAP), which is one of the benchmark promoters of Pichia pastoris, was analyzed in terms of putative transcription factor binding sites. We constructed a synthetic library with distinct regulatory properties through deletion and duplication of these putative transcription factor binding sites and selected transcription factor (TF) genes were overexpressed or deleted to understand their roles on heterologous protein production. Using enhanced green fluorescent protein, an expression strength in a range between 0.35- and 3.10-fold of the wild-type PGAP was obtained. Another model protein, recombinant human growth hormone was produced under control of selected promoter variants and 1.6- to 2.4-fold higher product titers were reached compared to wild-type PGAP. In addition, a GAL4-like TF was found to be a crucial factor for the regulation of PGAP, and its overexpression enhanced the heterologous protein production considerably (up to 2.2-fold compared to the parental strain). The synthetic PGAP library generated enabled us to investigate the different putative transcription factors which are responsible for the regulation of PGAP under different growth conditions, ergo recombinant protein production under PGAP. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2017;9999: 1–9. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. A synthetic PGAP library with distinct regulatory properties through deletion and duplication of the putative transcription factor binding sites was constructed. Selected transcription factor genes were over-expressed or deleted to understand their roles on heterologous protein production. This straightforward method enabled us to determine a novel regulator of PGAP, that is, GAL4-like TF, which enhances heterologous protein production under control of PGAP.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/bit.26363

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