Filamentous fungi as cell factories for heterologous protein production

TitleFilamentous fungi as cell factories for heterologous protein production
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsPunt, PJ, van Biezen, N, Conesa, A, Albers, A, Mangnus, J, van den Hondel, C
JournalTrends Biotechnol
KeywordsFermentation/genetics/physiology Fungi/*genetics/*metabolism Humans Interleukin-6/analysis/*biosynthesis/genetics Peroxidases/analysis/*biosynthesis/genetics Protein Conformation Recombinant Proteins/analysis/*biosynthesis/genetics

Filamentous fungi have been used as sources of metabolites and enzymes for centuries. For about two decades, molecular genetic tools have enabled us to use these organisms to express extra copies of both endogenous and exogenous genes. This review of current practice reveals that molecular tools have enabled several new developments. But it has been process development that has driven the final breakthrough to achieving commercially relevant quantities of protein. Recent research into gene expression in filamentous fungi has explored their wealth of genetic diversity with a view to exploiting them as expression hosts and as a source of new genes. Inevitably, the progress in the ’genomics’ technology will further develop high-throughput technologies for these organisms.


Punt, Peter J van Biezen, Nick Conesa, Ana Albers, Alwin Mangnus, Jeroen van den Hondel, Cees Review England Trends in biotechnology Trends Biotechnol. 2002 May;20(5):200-6.