The Psc lac4 gene from Pleurotus sajor-caju has been cloned and expressed in the heterologous host Pichia pastoris, under the control of the AOX1 methanol inducible promoter. The native Pie. sajor-caju laccase signal sequence was effective in directing the secretion of lac4 expressed in Pic. pastoris. The control of media pH and temperature was found to be important in obtaining sufficient quantities of the protein to allow purification and subsequent biochemical characterization. The recombinant Psc Lac4 was purified to electrophoretic homogeneity and was shown to be immunologically related to Pleurotus eryngii Lac1. The purified laccase was estimated to have a molecular mass of around 59 kDa, to have a carbohydrate content of approximately 7% and a calculated pi of 4-38. The enzyme oxidized the substrates 2,2-azinobis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonate) (ABTS), 2,6-dimethoxyphenol, syringaldazine and guaiacol, exhibiting optimal pHs of 3(.)3, 6, 6(.)5 and 7 respectively. With ABTS as substrate the enzyme displayed optimal activity at 35 degreesC and pH 3(.)5. The enzyme was strongly inhibited by sodium azide and thioglycolic acid but not by EDTA.