Novel protein expression systems

Novel protein expression systems are being developed based on the soil bacterium Ralstonia eutropha as an alternative to E.coli-based protein expression. This bacterial host can be grown to cell densities in excess of 150g/l in ultra high cell density culture and allow for the recovery of proteins that are prone to inclusion body formation in E.coli. Specific model proteins have been expressed at levels 100 fold higher than in E.coli thereby providing the impetus for further developing Ralstonia eutropha for the production of therapeutic proteins including monoclonal antibodies and peptides.

Faculty contact: Tillman U. Gerngross