Optimising Pichia pastoris induction

Zharain Bawa*, Richard A.J. Darby

*Corresponding author for this work

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A common method for inducing the production of recombinant proteins in Pichia pastoris is through the use of methanol. However, the by-products of methanol metabolism are toxic to yeast cells and therefore its addition to recombinant cultures must be controlled and monitored throughout the process in order to maximise recombinant protein yields. Described here are online and off-line methods to monitor and control methanol addition to bench-top-scale bioreactors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecombinant protein production in yeast
Subtitle of host publicationmethods and protocols
EditorsRoslyn M. Bill
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61779-770-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-61779-769-9
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2012

Publication series

NameMethods in molecular biology
PublisherHumana Press
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029
NameSpringer protocols



  • methanol
  • mixed feeds
  • optimisation
  • yeast

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Bawa, Z., & Darby, R. A. J. (2012). Optimising Pichia pastoris induction. In R. M. Bill (Ed.), Recombinant protein production in yeast: methods and protocols (pp. 181-190). (Methods in molecular biology; Vol. 866), (Springer protocols). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-61779-770-5_15