Strategies at Bioreactor Scale for the Production of Recombinant Proteins in Yarrowia lipolytica

  • Marie Vandermies
  • Patrick FickersEmail author


Recombinant protein production represents a multibillion-dollar market. Therefore, it constitutes an important research field both in academia and industry. The use of yeast as cell factory presents several advantages such as ease of genetic manipulation, growth at high cell density, and possibility of posttranslational modifications. Yarrowia lipolytica is considered as one of the most attractive hosts due to its ability to metabolize raw substrate, to express genes at high level, and to secrete protein in large amounts. In the recent years, several reviews were dedicated to genetic tools developed for this purpose. Although the construction of efficient cell factory for recombinant protein synthesis is important, the development of an efficient process for protein production constitutes an equally vital aspect. Indeed, a sports car could not drive fast on a gravel road. The aim of this review is to provide a comprehensive snapshot of process tools to consider for recombinant protein production in bioreactor using Y. lipolytica as a cell factory, in order to facilitate the decision-making for future strain and process engineering.


Yarrowia lipolytica Recombinant protein Bioreactor Metabolic load Molecular strategies Process strategies 



M. Vandermies is recipient of a fellowship (n°12,688) from the Fonds pour la Formation à la Recherche dans l’Industrie et l’Agriculture (FRIA, Belgium).


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  1. 1.TERRA Teaching and Research Centre, Microbial Processes and InteractionsUniversity of Liège-Gembloux AgroBio TechGemblouxBelgium

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