Improvement of recombinant hirudin production by controlling NH4+ concentration in Pichia pastoris fermentation.

  • Yang J
  • Zhou X
  • Zhang Y
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In recombinant Pichia pastoris fermentation for hirudin production in a 5 l fermenter, a new strategy was explored to match the short fermentation time at low NH4+ concentration with decreased hirudin degradation at high NH4+ concentration. A combination of a defined medium containing initial 0.025 m NH4+ with NH4+ addition up to 0.6 m in the growth phase was achieved in both the improvement of hirudin production and the repression of hirudin degradation. Intact and total hirudin reached 2.63 g l(-1) and 4.25 g l(-1), respectively.

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  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Cell Culture Techniques: methods
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Fermentation
  • Fermentation: physiology
  • Hirudins
  • Hirudins: biosynthesis
  • Hirudins: genetics
  • Hirudins: isolation & purification
  • Pichia
  • Pichia: classification
  • Pichia: physiology
  • Protein Engineering
  • Protein Engineering: methods
  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: metabolism
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Recombinant Proteins: biosynthesis
  • Recombinant Proteins: isolation & purification

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  • Jizhong Yang

  • Xiangshan Zhou

  • Yuanxing Zhang

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