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Protein Expr Purif. 2003 Jun;29(2):161-6.

Overexpression of a small medicinal peptide from ginseng in the yeast Pichia pastoris.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, People's Republic of China.


A medicinal peptide, Gsp, which was initially extracted from the traditional medicinal herb ginseng, has potential use as a drug against diabetes. Gsp is a low molecular weight protein that we have secreted in a recombinant form from the yeast Pichia pastoris. A DNA fragment encoding four copies of the Gsp protein each separated by a basic amino acid was synthesized and inserted into the P. pastoris expression vector plasmid pPIC9. After electroporation of the resulting vector, pPIC9-Gsp, into the yeast, transformants were selected. Recombinant pre-Gsp secreted from P. pastoris had a molecular weight of 5.9 kDa and mature recombinant Gsp had a primary structure indistinguishable from native Gsp. After optimization of the culturing process, the yield of pre-Gsp reached 800 mg/L in the clarified broth. A continuous batch fermentation process was developed that allowed the same population of cells to be reutilized five times without loss of expression level. This continuous culturing process resulted in a substantial saving of both time and cost in pharmaceutical production and should be applicable to the production of other recombinant proteins in P. pastoris.

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