A step forward to improve recombinant protein production in Pichia pastoris: From specific growth rate effect on protein secretion to carbon-starving conditions as advanced strategy

Xavier Garcia-Ortega, Núria Adelantado, Pau Ferrer, José Luis Montesinos, Francisco Valero

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Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The recombinant protein production platform based on the GAP promoter and Pichia pastoris as a host has become a very promising system from an industrial point of view. The need for highly productive bioprocesses gives grounds for the optimization of fermentation strategies maximizing yields and/or productivities, which are often associated with cell growth. Coherent with previous studies, a positive effect of high specific growth rate (μ) on the productivity was observed in carbon-limited chemostat cultivations secreting an antibody fragment. Notably, no significant impact of this factor could be observed in the balance intra- and extracellular of the product. Accordingly, fed-batch cultures operating at a constant high μ were conducted. Furthermore, short carbon-starving periods were introduced along the exponential substrate feeding phase. Strikingly, it was observed an important increase of specific production rate (qP) during such short carbon-starving periods in relation to the exponential substrate feeding intervals. Therefore, the application of carbon-starving periods as an innovative operational strategy was proposed, resulting into increments up to 50% of both yields and total production. The implementation of the proposed substrate feeding profiles should be complementary to cell engineering strategies to improve the relation qP vs μ, thereby enhancing the overall bioprocess efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-691
JournalProcess Biochemistry
Volume51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Antibody fragment
  • Carbon starvation
  • Fed-batch
  • GAP promoter
  • Heterologous protein production
  • Optimized feeding strategy
  • Pichia pastoris
  • Protein secretion

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