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J Biosci Bioeng. 2000;89(5):426-30.

Effect of ethanol on the production of carboxypeptidase Y using the GAL10 promoter in a Saccharomyces cerevisiae gal80 mutant.

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Lead Discovery Research Laboratories, Sankyo Co. Ltd., 389-4 Aza-Ohtsurugi, Shimokawa, Izumimachi, Iwaki, Fukushima 971-8183, Japan.


In the course of studying carboxypeptidase Y (CPY) production, we found that the expression level of the gene, which is under the control of the GAL10 promoter, increased in a Saccharomyces cerevisiae gal80 mutant grown in a medium containing ethanol as the sole carbon source. In the cultivation of the gal80 mutant KS58-2D/pCY303 carrying a multicopy plasmid, which contains the PRC1 gene fused to the GAL10 promoter, CPY production continued after the consumption of galactose. In this phase, the cells utilized ethanol as the carbon source. To increase the CPY production level, we examined the effect of carbon source feeding in a fed-batch culture. The production level in the fed-batch culture using ethanol was 1.3-fold higher than that in a batch culture and 1.6-fold higher than that in a fed-batch culture using galactose. By 5'-deletion analysis of the GAL10 promoter, the region between -256 and -232 was found to be important for the promoter activity in the gal80 mutant growing in the presence of ethanol.


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