Ilya Tolstorukov

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Generating a high yield of recombinant protein is a major goal when expressing a foreign gene in any expression system. In the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris, a common means of achieving this end is to select for transformants containing multiple integrated copies of an expression vector by plating them on high levels of a selectable marker drug(More)
The yeast Pichia pastoris has become the premier example of yeast species used for the production of recombinant proteins. Advantages of this yeast for expression include tightly regulated and efficient promoters and a strong tendency for respiratory growth as opposed to fermentative growth. This chapter assumes the reader is proficient in molecular biology(More)
Growth of the yeast Pichia pastoris on methanol induces the expression of genes whose products are required for its metabolism. Three of the methanol pathway enzymes are located in an organelle called the peroxisome. As a result, both methanol pathway enzymes and proteins involved in peroxisome biogenesis (PEX proteins) are induced in response to this(More)
Strains of the species Komagataella phaffii are the most frequently used "Pichia pastoris" strains employed for recombinant protein production as well as studies on peroxisome biogenesis, autophagy and secretory pathway analyses. Genome sequencing of several different P. pastoris strains has provided the foundation for understanding these cellular functions(More)
In the continued absence of an effective anti-HIV vaccine, approximately 2 million new HIV infections occur every year, with over 95% of these in developing countries. Calls have been made for the development of anti-HIV drugs that can be formulated for topical use to prevent HIV transmission during sexual intercourse. Because these drugs are principally(More)
A significant advantage of Pichia pastoris as an experimental system is the ability to readily bring to bear both classical and molecular genetic approaches to a research problem. Although the advent of yeast molecular genetics has introduced new and exciting capabilities, classical genetics remains the approach of choice in many instances. These include(More)
Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) enables rapid and sensitive diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), which facilitates treatment and mitigates transmission. Nucleic acid extraction from sputum constitutes the greatest technical challenge in TB NAAT for near-patient settings. This report presents preliminary data for a semi-automated sample processing(More)
In the continued absence of an effective anti-HIV vaccine, approximately 2 million new HIV infections occur every year, with over 95% of these in developing countries. Calls have been made for the development of anti-HIV drugs that can be formulated for topical use to prevent HIV transmission during sexual intercourse. Because these drugs are principally(More)
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