Comparison of functional non-glycosylated GPCRs expression in Pichia pastoris

Takami Yurugi-Kobayashi, Hidetsugu Asada, Mitsunori Shiroishi, Tatsuro Shimamura, Saeko Funamoto, Naoko Katsuta, Keisuke Ito, Taishi Sugawara, Natsuko Tokuda, Hirokazu Tsujimoto, Takeshi Murata, Norimichi Nomura, Kazuko Haga, Tatsuya Haga, So Iwata, Takuya Kobayashi

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N-linked glycosylation is the most common post-translational modification of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and is correlated to the localization and function of the receptors depending on each receptor. However, heterogeneity of glycosylation can interfere with protein crystallization. The removal of N-linked glycosylation from membrane proteins improves the ability to crystallize these proteins. We screened 25 non-glycosylated GPCRs for functional receptor production in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris using specific ligand-receptor binding assays. We found that five clones were expressed at greater than 10 pmol/mg, 9 clones at 1-10 pmol/mg and 11 clones at less than 1 pmol/mg of membrane protein. Further optimization of culture parameters including culture scale, induction time, pH and temperature enabled us to achieve expression of a functional human muscarinic acetylcholine receptor subtype 2 (CHRM2) with a Bmax value of 51.2 pmol/mg of membrane protein. Approximately 1.9 mg of the human CHRM2 was produced from a 1-L culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 6 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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