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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Geoff Lin-Cereghino

First Committee Member

Joan Lin-Cereghino

Second Committee Member

Lisa A. Wrischnik

Third Committee Member

David Thomas


The methylotrophic yeast, Pichia past oris, is one of the most respected and widely used systems today. The ability of this yeast to produce large masses of protein and metabolize methanol as a sole source of carbon and energy is attributed to the highly induceable Alcohol Oxidase I promoter (AOXI). Despite of the disperse popularity and use of this promoter over the last 15 years, little is known about the transcription controls at a molecular level. A 5'>3' deletion analysis of the AOXI promoter was perrormed to gain understanding of the promoter's regulation and provided insight to the approximate locations of the important regulatory regions. A total of 10 truncations were made unveiling two areas ofhigh activity located between positions, -257 to-235, and, -235 to -188. In addition, a 14-base pair internal deletion was made between positions, -215 to -201. This region was shown to be necessary for transcriptional activation by deletion analysis. Sufficiency studies suggested that this 14-base pair element could serve as an activator sequence in both glucose and methanol.



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