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Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 1997 Feb;25 ( Pt 1):63-74.

High-level secretion in Pichia pastoris and biochemical characterization of the recombinant kringle 2 domain of tissue-type plasminogen activator.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA.


The kringle 2 (K2) domain of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) has been expressed in Pichia pastoris cell lines GSI 15 and KM71. This construct contained a hexahistidine sequence at the C-terminus of the kringle to aid in purification by immobilized metalion-affinity chromatography. The exact amino acid sequence of the isolated kringle was EAEAYV-[K2tPA]SR(H)6, where [K2tPA] represents amino acid sequence residues C1-C82 of the kringle domain (residues 180-261 of tPA). The clones of the yeast transformants provided large amounts of the recombinant (r)-[K2tPA]-containing polypeptide at levels that allowed ready purification of several hundred mg from shake flasks and near-gram levels from a high-biomass fermenter. Purification of the kringle domain directly from cell-conditioned media was accomplished in a single step by either immobilized Ni(+)-affinity chromatography or lysine-Sepharose affinity chromatography. N-linked glycans were present on approx. 30% of this yeast-expressed material, at N5 of the kringle (corresponds to N11 of the particular construct, N184 of full-length tPA). The expressed recombinant kringle recognized a conformation-specific monoclonal antibody generated against tPA that is directed to the K2 domain of the protein, interacted properly with various omega-amino acid ligands, and showed signature conformational properties when studied by differential scanning calorimetry and high-resolution 1H-NMR. The results demonstrate that the P. pastoris system can be employed to obtain large amounts of secreted and properly folded kringle domains.

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