Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Research and Publications


Date of this Version

July 2001


This paper was originally published in the Journal of Bioscience and BioengineeringVol. 92, No. 4, 337-341. 2001.


Pichia pastoris is an excellent host for high-level heterologous gene expression, but there is still much interest in improving the productivity of recombinant protein production. l? pastoris produces a small amount of ethanol as a by-product during the glycerol fed-batch phase and the mixed-feed induction phase (glycerol-methanol) of high cell density fermentations, regardless of the phenotype (Mutf, Mut" or Mut-). We have investigated ethanol repression of the AOXl promoter using strains, GS115 (Mutf) and MC100-3 (Mut-), expressing an AOXI-lac2 fusion. The addition of 10 mg t1 ethanol at the start of methanol induction delayed P-galactosidase production and methanol utilization for four hours in shake flask experiments. When ethanol and acetate were added together, all of the ethanol was converted to acetate, which also represses the AOXl promoter. The effects of ethanol and acetate on protein expression in l? pastoris at shake flask and fermentor conditions are discussed.