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Expression and purification of a recombinant avidin with a lowered isoelectric point in Pichia pastoris

Zocchi, Andrea ; Jobé, Anna Marya ; Neuhaus, Jean-Marc ; Ward, Thomas R.

In: Protein Expression and Purification, 2003, vol. 32, p. 167-174

A recombinant glycosylated avidin (recGAvi) with an acidic isoelectric point was expressed and secreted by the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. The coding sequence for recGAvi was de novo synthesized based on the codon usage of P. pastoris. RecGAvi is secreted at approximately 330 mg/L of culture supernatant. RecGAvi monomer displays a molecular weight of 16.5 kDa, as assessed... More

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    Summary
    A recombinant glycosylated avidin (recGAvi) with an acidic isoelectric point was expressed and secreted by the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. The coding sequence for recGAvi was de novo synthesized based on the codon usage of P. pastoris. RecGAvi is secreted at approximately 330 mg/L of culture supernatant. RecGAvi monomer displays a molecular weight of 16.5 kDa, as assessed by ESI mass spectrometry. N-terminal amino acid sequencing indicates the presence of three additional amino acids (E-A-E), which contribute to further lowering the isoelectric point to 5.4. The data presented here demonstrate that the P. pastoris system is suitable for the production of recGAvi and that the recombinant avidin displays biotin-binding properties similar to those of the hen-egg white protein.