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Recombinant Production of Hydrophobin DewA in Pichia pastoris and Determination of Its Functions
  • Serkan ÖRTÜCÜ
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Hydrophobins have great potential in many biotechnological applications due to changing surface characteristics. In recent years, although there has been a significant increase in the biotechnological applications of hydrophobins, industrial production has still not been achieved due to yield problems. Therefore, more studies are needed on the recombinant production of hydrophobins. In this work, the recombinant production of class I hydrophobin DewA from Aspergillus nidulans, which is determined to have high contact angle in the literature, was aimed. As a result, DewA protein was recombinantly produced using P. pastoris X-33 strain under AOX1 promoter by transferring into pPICZα-A vector. The optimal culture condition for DewA expression was obtained at 1% methanol concentration as 77 mg/L in 96 hour. Recombinant DewA has been proven to change the surface characteristics on the teflon and glass surfaces. Then, the surface stability of the protein was evaluated by applying hot SDS and UV to these surfaces. The surface-coated DewA was resistant to hot SDS application on both glass and teflon surfaces; in the UV application, it was understood that while the protein was degraded by UV exposure on glass surfaces, it preserved its structure on teflon surfaces. In the study, the DewA protein of A.nidulans was cloned into the pPICZα-A vector and recombinantly produced in the P.pastoris X-33 strain for the first time.