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We have used the methylotrophic yeast, Pichia pastoris, to express high levels of tetanus toxin fragment C, a potential subunit vaccine against tetanus. In high biomass fermentations fragment C was induced to 27% of total cell protein or about 12 g/l of culture. The purified protein was as effective as native fragment C in immunizing mice. In order to(More)
We have constructed a synthetic secretion cassette encoding the alpha-factor prepro leader peptide from Saccharomyces cerevisiae fused to mouse epidermal growth factor (mEGF). This was used to compare the secretion of mEGF, a 53-amino acid polypeptide, in S. cerevisiae and Pichia pastoris. In both yeasts the leader sequence was accurately and efficiently(More)
Fragment C is a non-toxic 50 kDa fragment of tetanus toxin which is a candidate subunit vaccine against tetanus. The AT-rich Clostridium tetani DNA encoding fragment C could not be expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae due to the presence of several fortuitous polyadenylation sites which gave rise to truncated mRNAs. The polyadenylation sites were(More)
Acellular whooping cough vaccines are based on pertussis toxoid but their effectiveness may be increased by the addition of other Bordetella pertussis antigens. We expressed the immunogenic outer membrane protein pertactin (P69) from B. pertussis to high levels in multi-copy transformants of the industrial yeast Pichia pastoris. In high-density(More)
We have expressed a number of polypeptides derived from the capsid proteins of the human parvovirus B19 in Escherichia coli. These include native VP1 (84K) and VP2 (58K) proteins and also fusions to beta-galactosidase containing differing amounts of the amino terminus of the VP1/2 polypeptide. Although each of these was expressed at high levels and the(More)
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