Origin of rice protein hydrolysates added to protein-free media alters secretion and extracellular proteolysis of recombinant interferon-gamma as well as CHO-320 cell growth.

Biotechnology letters

PubMedID: 15218376

Mols J, Peeters-Joris C, Agathos SN, Schneider YJ. Origin of rice protein hydrolysates added to protein-free media alters secretion and extracellular proteolysis of recombinant interferon-gamma as well as CHO-320 cell growth. Biotechnol Lett. 2004;26(13):1043-6.
CHO-320 cells, cultivated in suspension in a protein-free medium supplemented with rice protein hydrolysates (peptones), secrete recombinant interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) that undergo will or will not proteolysis, depending on the origin of the peptones. This proteolytic event, as well as the appearance of an unidentified 70 kDa gelatinase-like protease, are attributed to a cysteine protease. Casein zymographies revealed that one rice protein hydrolysate, but not another, contains a papain-like cysteine protease whose activity is undetectable in solution. This work underlines the significance of the origin of peptones when considered as supplements in serum- and protein-free media for overproduction of recombinant proteins.