Armin Merckelbach

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An expression system has been developed for the methylotrophic yeast Hansenula polymorpha and used to co-express both the L (preS1-S2-S) and S hepatitis B surface antigens (HBsAg) under the control of strong methanol-inducible promoters derived from the methanol oxidase and from the formate dehydrogenase genes. A unique feature of this H. polymorpha(More)
The ura3 gene of Hansenula polymorpha was cloned, sequenced and used to generate a ura3 mutant from the wild-type strain of this yeast via integrative mutagenesis. The Tn5 neomycin-resistance marker (neo) under control of the ADH1 promoter from Saccharomyces cerevisiae served as a transformation marker. The results show that gene replacement can be achieved(More)
A cloned cDNA, generated from mRNA isolates of phosphate-derepressed H. polymorpha cells, was identified to harbour an incomplete sequence of the coding region for a repressible acid phosphatase. The cDNA fragment served as a probe to screen a plasmid library of H. polymorpha genomic DNA. A particular clone, p606, of a 1.9-kb insert contained a complete(More)
We have introduced the glucoamylase gene (GAM1) from Schwanniomyces occidentalis into the genome of the methylo-trophic yeast Hansenula polymorpha to study the potential of this organism as a host for high-level expression of a heter-ologous gene encoding a secretory protein. Transformants of H. polymorpha containing GAM1 under control of the formate(More)
A range of industrial H. polymorpha-based processes exist, most of them for the production of pharmaceuticals. The established industrial processes lean on the use of promoters derived from MOX and FMD, genes of the methanol metabolism pathway. In Hansenula polymorpha these promoters are de-repressed upon depletion of a range of carbon sources like glucose(More)
An unstable spontaneous mutation in the maize Adh1 gene, coding for alcohol dehydrogenase, was selected by allyl alcohol poisoning of wild type Adh1 pollen from a maize line carrying Ds at the Bz2 locus and one copy of Ac in an unknown position. The mutant has a null phenotype. No wild type pollen grains were detected in strains devoid of Ac, but in the(More)
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