High Yield Expression and Secretion of the Ovine Pregnancy Recognition Hormone Interferon-τ by Pichia pastoris
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The early conceptus (embryo and associated membranes) of domestic ruminats signals its presence to the maternal uterus through production of interferon-tau (IFN-tau). Production of IFN-tau ensures continued production of progesterone, the hormone of pregnancy, by the ovarian corpus luteum. This paper reports the high-level expression and efficient secretion of biologically active recombinant ovine IFN-tau (rOvIFN-tau) by Pichia pastoris. The developed method produces more than 80% pure recombinant ovine IFN-tau, obviating the need for further purification for many purposes. Initial fermentation studies produced IFN-tau at 280 mg/liter and demonstrate the potential of this system for large-scale production of IFN-tau.
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Van Heeke, G., Ott, T. L., Strauss, A., Ammaturo, D., & Bazer, F. W.