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Keywords:

  • yeast;
  • heterologous protein secretion;
  • Pichia pastoris;
  • clonal selection;
  • microengraving;
  • single cell

Abstract

The production of heterologous proteins by secretion from cellular hosts is an important determinant for the cost of biotherapeutics. A single-cell analytical method called microengraving was used to examine the heterogeneity in secretion by the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. We show that constitutive secretion of a human Fc fragment by P. pastoris is not cell-cycle dependent, but rather fluctuates between states of high and low productivity in a stochastic manner. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2010;106: 319–325. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.