Generation and characterization of recombinant unmodified and phosphorylatable murine IFN-alpha1 in the methylotropic yeast Pichia pastoris.
S Trajanovska, CM Owczarek, PG Stanton, PJ Hertzog
J Interferon Cytokine Res | Published : 2003
In order to generate reagents to study the murine type I interferon (IFN) system, recombinant murine IFN-alpha1 (rMuIFN-alpha1) protein was expressed in the methylotropic yeast Pichia pastoris. rMuIFN-alpha1 with a phosphate acceptor site engineered at the C-terminus (rMuIFN-alpha1P) to enable radiolabeling by gamma(32)P-ATP and cAMP-dependent protein kinase was also generated. Proteins of 20, 25 (MuIFN-alpha1) and 25.5 (MuIFN-alpha1P), kDa were detected in the yeast growth medium, had type I IFN activity, and were recognized by antimurine L929 cell IFN antibodies. The MuIFN-alpha1 proteins produced in P. pastoris were a mixture of glycosylated and unglycosylated forms, with sugars of approx..View full abstract