Detection and Elimination of Cellular Bottlenecks in Protein-Producing Yeasts

  • Richard J. Zahrl
  • Brigitte Gasser
  • Diethard Mattanovich
  • Pau FerrerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1923)


Yeasts are efficient cell factories and are commonly used for the production of recombinant proteins for biopharmaceutical and industrial purposes. For such products high levels of correctly folded proteins are needed, which sometimes requires improvement and engineering of the expression system. The article summarizes major breakthroughs that led to the efficient use of yeasts as production platforms and reviews bottlenecks occurring during protein production. Special focus is given to the metabolic impact of protein production. Furthermore, strategies that were shown to enhance secretion of recombinant proteins in different yeast species are presented.

Key words

Yeasts Protein production Secretion Chaperones Protein degradation Metabolism Promoters 



Work in the group of Pau Ferrer has been supported by the project CTQ2016-74959-R (AEI/FEDER, UE) of the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), and the Catalan Government (Research Group 2017-SGR-1462 and Xarxa de Referència en Biotecnologia).

Research on yeast protein production at BOKU is supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): Doctoral Program BioToP—Biomolecular Technology of Proteins (FWF W1224), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), the Federal Ministry of Traffic, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), the Styrian Business Promotion Agency SFG, the Standortagentur Tirol, the Government of Lower Austria and ZIT—Technology Agency of the City of Vienna through the COMET-Funding Program managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG (RZ, BG, DM), and by the Christian Doppler Research Association, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development (BG).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Zahrl
    • 1
    • 2
  • Brigitte Gasser
    • 6
    • 3
  • Diethard Mattanovich
    • 6
  • Pau Ferrer
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib)ViennaAustria
  3. 3.Christian Doppler-Laboratory for Growth-Decoupled Protein Production in Yeast, Department of BiotechnologyUniversity of Natural Resources and Life SciencesViennaAustria
  4. 4.Luxembourg Institute of Science and TechnologyBelvauxLuxembourg
  5. 5.Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental EngineeringUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)Spain
  6. 6.Department of BiotechnologyUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib)ViennaAustria

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