Investigating the role of ERAD on antibody processing in glycoengineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Mari A. Piirainen, Alexander D. Frey

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N-glycosylation plays an important role in the endoplasmic reticulum quality control (ERQC). N-glycan biosynthesis pathways have been engineered in yeasts and fungi to enable the production of therapeutic glycoproteins with human-compatible N-glycosylation, and some glycoengineering approaches alter the synthesis of the lipid-linked oligosaccharide (LLO). Because the effects of LLO engineering on ERQC are currently unknown, we characterized intracellular processing of IgG in glycoengineered ∆ alg3 ∆alg11 Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain and analyzed how altered LLO structures affect endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD). Intracellular IgG light and heavy chain molecules expressed in ∆alg3 ∆alg11 strain are ERAD substrates and targeted to ERAD independently of Yos9p and Htm1p, whereas in the presence of ALG3 ERAD targeting is dependent on Yos9p but does not require Htm1p. Blocking of ERAD accumulated ER and post-Golgi forms of IgG and increased glycosylation of matα secretion signal but did not improve IgG secretion. Our results show ERAD targeting of a heterologous glycoprotein in yeast, and suggest that proteins in the ER can be targeted to ERAD via other mechanisms than the Htm1p-Yos9p-dependent route when the LLO biosynthesis is altered.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberfoaa002
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • antibody
  • ERAD
  • glycoengineering
  • N-glycosylation
  • yeast


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