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Biotechnology (N Y). 1990 Jan;8(1):42-6.

The secretion of human serum albumin from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae using five different leader sequences.

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  • 1Delta Biotechnology Limited, Nottingham, Great Britain.


We demonstrate the secretion of human serum albumin into the culture supernatant from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Studies with five KEX2 processed leader sequences, namely the S. cerevisiae alpha factor, the natural human serum albumin, the Kluyveromyces lactis killer, a natural human serum albumin/alpha factor fusion, and a Kluyveromyces lactis killer/alpha factor fusion leader, are described. We show that the leader sequence used to direct secretion influences the quantity and quality of the secreted product. In designing secretion systems for heterologous proteins, one aims to maximise both the yield and fidelity of the product. Our results indicate that the choice of leader sequence and its relationship to the structural protein under study are crucial to the success of this process.

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