Directed evolution of proteins for increased stability and expression using yeast display

Christian Doppler Laboratory for Antibody Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Biochemistry, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Muthasse 18, A-1190 Vienna, Austria.
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (Impact Factor: 3.02). 05/2012; 526(2):174-80. DOI: 10.1016/
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The expression of recombinant proteins incorporated into the cell wall of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast surface display) is an important tool for protein engineering and library screening applications. In this review, we discuss the state-of-the-art yeast display techniques used for stability engineering of proteins including antibody fragments and immunoglobulin-like molecules. The paper discusses assets and drawbacks of stability engineering using the correlation between expression density on the yeast surface and thermal stability with respect to the quality control system in yeast. Additionally, strategies based on heat incubation of surface displayed protein libraries for selection of stabilized variants are reported including a recently developed method that allows stabilization of proteins of already high intrinsic thermal stability like IgG1-Fc.

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    • "each other: (i) optimizing the corresponding gene sequence so it is more likely to be stably expressed and (ii) minimizing the metabolic burden on the chosen host cell(s) during recombinant protein production (Bonander and Bill, 2012). The first strategy may require that a mutant protein is produced; in support of this protein engineering approach there is an extensive literature on engineering stabilized proteins (Traxlmayr and Obinger, 2012; Scott et al., 2013). Codon optimization is also possible (Oberg et al., 2011) with more recent insights suggesting how this might aid functional expression (Halliday and Mallucci, 2014). "
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