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J Biotechnol. 2016 Feb 10;219:24-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2015.12.020. Epub 2015 Dec 18.

Recombinant production of a peroxidase-protein G fusion protein in Pichia pastoris.

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Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria. Electronic address:
Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB), Petersgasse 14, 8010 Graz, Austria; Medical University of Graz, Institute of Pathology, Research Unit Functional Proteomics and Metabolic Pathways, Stiftingtalstrasse 24, 8010 Graz, Austria; Omics Center Graz, BioTechMed-Graz, Stiftingtalstrasse 24, 8010 Graz, Austria.
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria.


Streptococcal protein G (SpG) binds immunoglobulin G from a broad range of mammalian species with high affinity. Chemical conjugations of SpG to the reporter enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) are commonly used in immunohistochemical applications. However, commercial HRP preparations are typically isolated from horseradish roots as varying mixtures of HRP isoenzymes with different biochemical properties, and chemical conjugation procedures lead to heterogeneous HRP-SpG preparations, partially including inactivated enzyme. A recombinant process allows the production of a well-defined HRP isoenzyme fused to SpG at constant 1:1 stoichiometry in a single step without the need for laborious chemical conjugation. By using state-of-the-art biotechnological tools, we produced a recombinant HRP-SpG fusion protein in Pichia pastoris in bioreactor cultivations. Purified HRP-SpG was tested successfully for functional binding of antibodies from different mammalian serums. Recombinant production of this novel well-defined fusion protein follows quality-by-design principles and facilitates the production of more reliable and cost-effective diagnostic kits.


Antibody; Diagnostics; Fusion protein; Peroxidase; Protein G

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