Expression and secretion of rice α-amylase by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Monto H. Kumagai, Mena Shah, Masaaki Terashima, Zeljko Vrkljan, John R. Whitaker, Raymond L. Rodriguez

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We report the high level expression and secretion of rice α-amylase isozyme by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Transcription of this gene was under control of the yeast enolase promoter. The synthesized protein had an approximate molecular size of 45 kDa and a pI of approx 4.7 to 5.0. The rice α-amylase signal peptide was recognized and efficiently processed by yeast and the active, glycosylated enzyme was secreted into the culture media. This enzyme was purified to homogeneity by affinity chromotography and its enzymatic properties were characterized. The Km and Vmax were found to be similar to those of α-amylase from other organisms. The high level of secretion observed in these studies may be due to the unique features of the rice signal peptide and/or to the glycosylation of the recombinant enzyme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990


  • 2 μ plasmid
  • affinity chromatography
  • amylolytic yeast
  • enolase promoter
  • Recombinant DNA
  • signal peptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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