Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Combined use of fluorescent dyes and flow cytometry to quantify the physiological state of Pichia pastoris during the production of heterologous proteins in high-cell-density fed-batch cultures
Authors: Hyka, Petr
Züllig, Thomas
Ruth, Claudia
Looser, Verena
Meier, Christian
Klein, Joachim
Melzoch, Karel
Meyer, Hans-Peter
Glieder, Anton
Kovar, Karin
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02475-09
Published in: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume(Issue): 76
Issue: 13
Pages: 4486
Pages to: 4496
Issue Date: 4-May-2010
Publisher / Ed. Institution: American Society for Microbiology
ISSN: 0099-2240
Language: English
Subjects: Pichia pastoris
Subject (DDC): 570: Biology
Abstract: Matching both the construction of a recombinant strain and the process design with the characteristics of the target protein has the potential to significantly enhance bioprocess performance, robustness, and reproducibility. The factors affecting the physiological state of recombinant Pichia pastoris Mut+ (methanol utilization-positive) strains and their cell membranes were quantified at the individual cell level using a combination of staining with fluorescent dyes and flow cytometric enumeration. Cell vitalities were found to range from 5 to 95% under various process conditions in high-cell-density fed-batch cultures, with strains producing either porcine trypsinogen or horseradish peroxidase extracellularly. Impaired cell vitality was observed to be the combined effect of production of recombinant protein, low pH, and high cell density. Vitality improved when any one of these stress factors was excluded. At a pH value of 4, which is commonly applied to counter proteolysis, recombinant strains exhibited severe physiological stress, whereas strains without heterologous genes were not affected. Physiologically compromised cells were also found to be increasingly sensitive to methanol when it accumulated in the culture broth. The magnitude of the response varied when different reporters were combined with either the native AOX1 promoter or its d6* variant, which differ in both strength and regulation. Finally, the quantitative assessment of the physiology of individual cells enables the implementation of innovative concepts in bioprocess development. Such concepts are in contrast to the frequently used paradigm, which always assumes a uniform cell population, because differentiation between the individual cells is not possible with methods commonly used.
Fulltext version: Published version
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Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology (ICBT)
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