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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2004 Jun;64(6):833-9. Epub 2004 Jan 23.

Enhanced secretion of Bacillus stearothermophilus L1 lipase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by translational fusion to cellulose-binding domain.

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Bio-Pilot Plant, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Yusong, 305-600 Taejon, Korea.


The secretion of Bacillus stearothermophilus L1 lipase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae was investigated by employing a fusion partner, a cellulose-binding domain (CBD) from Trichoderma harzianum endoglucanase II (THEG). The CBD was connected to the N-terminal of L1 lipase through an endogenous linker peptide from THEG. The expression cassette for the fusion protein in S. cerevisiae was constructed using the alpha-amylase signal peptide and the galactose-inducible GAL10 promoter. Secretion of CBD-linker-L1 lipase by this fusion construct was dramatically 7-fold enhanced, compared with that of the mature L1 lipase without CBD-fusion. The fusion protein was secreted into the culture medium, reaching levels of approximately 1.3 g/l in high-cell-density fed-batch cultures. Insertion of a KEX2 cleavage site into the junction between CBD-linker and L1 lipase resulted in the same level of enhanced secretion, indicating that the CBD-linker fusion probably plays a critical role in secretion from endoplasmic reticulum to Golgi apparatus. Therefore, the CBD from THEG can be used both as an affinity tag and as a secretion enhancer for the secretory production of heterologous proteins in S. cerevisiae, since in vivo breakage at the linker was almost negligible.

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