N-Glycosylation of secretion enhancer peptide as influencing factor for the secretion of target proteins from Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Sim Han Kyoung, Il Kim Seo, Il Choi Seong, Baik Lin Seong

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hIL-1β-derived polypeptide, when fused to the N-terminal end of target proteins, exerts a potent secretion enhancer function in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We investigated the effect of N-glycosylation of the secretion enhancer peptide on the secretion of target proteins. The N-terminal 24 amino acids (Ser5-Ala28) of human interleukin 1β (hIL-1β) and interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) were used as secretion enhancer for synthesizing recombinant human granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (rhG-CSF) from S. cerevisiae. The mutation of potential N-glycosylation site, by substituting Gln for either Asn7 of N-terminal 24 amino acids of hIL-1β (Asn7Gln) or Asn84 of IL-1ra (Asn84Gln), resulted in a dramatic reduction of rhG-CSF secretion efficiency. In contrast, the mutant containing an additional N-glycosylation site on the N-terminal 24 amino acids of hIL-1β (Gln15Asn) secreted twice as much rhG-CSF into culture media as wild type hIL-1β. These results show that N-glycosylation of the secretion enhancer peptide plays an important role in increasing the secretion efficiency of the downstream target proteins. The results also suggest that judicious choice of enhancer peptide and the control of its glycosylation could be of general utility for secretory production of heterologous proteins from S. cerevisiae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-562
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov 18


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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