Heterologous protein production from the inducible MET25 promoter in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Biotechnol Prog. Mar-Apr 2005;21(2):617-20. doi: 10.1021/bp049916q.


Heterologous protein production late in Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentations is often desirable because it may help avoid the unintentional selection of more rapidly growing, non-protein-expressing cells or allow for the expression of toxic proteins. Here, we describe the use of the MET25 promoter for the production of human serum albumin (HSA) and HSA-fusion proteins in S. cerevisiae. In media lacking methionine, the MET25 promoter yielded high expression levels of HSA and HSA fused to human glucagon, human growth hormone, human interferon alpha, and human interleukin-2. More importantly, we have shown that this system can be used to delay heterologous protein production until late log phase of the growth of the culture and does not require the addition of an exogenous inducer.

MeSH terms

  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Methionine / metabolism
  • Plasmids
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / genetics
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism


  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Methionine