Overview of gene expression using filamentous fungi

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    9 Citations (Scopus)


    Filamentous fungi are lower eukaryotes increasingly used for expression of foreign proteins ranging from industrial enzymes originating from other fungi and bacteria to proteins of mammalian origin, such as antibodies and growth factors. Their strengths include an excellent capacity for protein secretion and their eukaryotic protein processing machinery. Proteins secreted from filamentous fungi are modified in the secretory pathway, with folding, proteolytic processing, and addition of glycans being the main modifications. Unlike from many other expression systems, however, plasmids and host strains for expression of gene products in filamentous fungi are not readily available commercially, and the expression system must thus be stitched together in the laboratory. In this overview, the key elements of fungal expression systems are discussed from a practical point of view and with a view towards the future. The principles and considerations presented here can be applied to a range of filamentous fungi.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere55
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalCurrent Protocols in Protein Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


    • filamentous fungi
    • gene expression
    • gene promoters
    • protein secretion
    • post-translational protein processing
    • protease deficient hosts


    Dive into the research topics of 'Overview of gene expression using filamentous fungi'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this