Recombinant Protein Production in Yeasts

  • Danilo Porro
  • Diethard Mattanovich
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 267)


Recombinant DNA (rDNA) technologies (genetic, protein, and metabolic engineering) allow the production of a wide range of peptides, proteins, and biochemicals from naturally nonproducing cells. This technology, now approx 25 yr old, is becoming one of the most important technologies developed in the 20th century.

Pharmaceutical products and industrial enzymes were the first biotech products on the world market made by means of rDNA. Despite important advances regarding rDNA applications in mammalian cells, yeasts still represent attractive hosts for the production of heterologous proteins. In this review we summarize the advantages and limitations of the main and promising yeast hosts.

Key Words

Yeasts heterologous proteins expression biotechnology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Porro
    • 1
  • Diethard Mattanovich
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology and BioscienceUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanoItalia
  2. 2.Institute of Applied MicrobiologyUniversity of Natural Resources and Applied Life SciencesViennaAustria

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