Project description:Engineering microbes with novel metabolic properties is a critical step for production of biofuels and biochemicals. Synthetic biology enables identification and engineering of metabolic pathways into microbes; however, knowledge of how to reroute cellular regulatory signals and metabolic flux remains lacking. Here we used network analysis of multi-omic data to dissect the mechanism of anaerobic xylose fermentation, a trait important for biochemical production from plant lignocellulose. We compared transcriptomic, proteomic, and phosphoproteomic differences across a series of strains evolved to ferment xylose under various conditions. Overall design: RNA-seq and transcriptome analysis of three evolved S. cerevisiae strains (Y22-3, Y127, Y128) grown aerobically or anaerobically in rich lab media with glucose, xylose, galactose, or sorbitol. Duplicates were collected on different days.
Project description:Engineering microbes with novel metabolic properties is a critical step for production of biofuels and biochemicals. Synthetic biology enables identification and engineering of metabolic pathways into microbes; however, knowledge of how to reroute cellular regulatory signals and metabolic flux remains lacking. Here we used network analysis of multi-omic data to dissect the mechanism of anaerobic xylose fermentation, a trait important for biochemical production from plant lignocellulose. We compared transcriptomic, proteomic, and phosphoproteomic differences across a series of strains evolved to ferment xylose under various conditions. Overall design: RNA-seq and transcriptome analysis of Azf1 deletion and over-expression (via MoBY 2.0 plasmid) in YPX -O2. Duplicate samples were collected on different days.
Project description:Enhancing xylose utilization has been a major focus in Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain-engineering efforts. The incentive for these studies arises from the need to use all sugars in the typical carbon mixtures that comprise standard renewable plant-biomass-based carbon sources. While major advances have been made in developing utilization pathways, the efficient import of five carbon sugars into the cell remains an important bottleneck in this endeavor. Here we use an engineered S. cerevisiae BY4742 strain, containing an established heterologous xylose utilization pathway, and imposed a laboratory evolution regime with xylose as the sole carbon source. We obtained several evolved strains with improved growth phenotypes and evaluated the best candidate using genome resequencing. We observed remarkably few single nucleotide polymorphisms in the evolved strain, among which we confirmed a single amino acid change in the hexose transporter HXT7 coding sequence to be responsible for the evolved phenotype. The mutant HXT7(F79S) shows improved xylose uptake rates (Vmax = 186.4 ± 20.1 nmol•min(-1)•mg(-1)) that allows the S. cerevisiae strain to show significant growth with xylose as the sole carbon source, as well as partial co-utilization of glucose and xylose in a mixed sugar cultivation.
Project description:Expression of a heterologous xylose isomerase, deletion of the GRE3 aldose-reductase gene and overexpression of genes encoding xylulokinase (XKS1) and non-oxidative pentose-phosphate-pathway enzymes (RKI1, RPE1, TAL1, TKL1) enables aerobic growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on d-xylose. However, literature reports differ on whether anaerobic growth on d-xylose requires additional mutations. Here, CRISPR-Cas9-assisted reconstruction and physiological analysis confirmed an early report that this basic set of genetic modifications suffices to enable anaerobic growth on d-xylose in the CEN.PK genetic background. Strains that additionally carried overexpression cassettes for the transaldolase and transketolase paralogs NQM1 and TKL2 only exhibited anaerobic growth on d-xylose after a 7-10 day lag phase. This extended lag phase was eliminated by increasing inoculum concentrations from 0.02 to 0.2 g biomass L-1. Alternatively, a long lag phase could be prevented by sparging low-inoculum-density bioreactor cultures with a CO2/N2-mixture, thus mimicking initial CO2 concentrations in high-inoculum-density, nitrogen-sparged cultures, or by using l-aspartate instead of ammonium as nitrogen source. This study resolves apparent contradictions in the literature on the genetic interventions required for anaerobic growth of CEN.PK-derived strains on d-xylose. Additionally, it indicates the potential relevance of CO2 availability and anaplerotic carboxylation reactions for anaerobic growth of engineered S. cerevisiae strains on d-xylose.
Project description:We evolved Thermus thermophilus to efficiently co-utilize glucose and xylose, the two most abundant sugars in lignocellulosic biomass, at high temperatures without carbon catabolite repression. To generate the strain, T. thermophilus HB8 was first evolved on glucose to improve its growth characteristics, followed by evolution on xylose. The resulting strain, T. thermophilus LC113, was characterized in growth studies, by whole genome sequencing, and (13)C-metabolic flux analysis ((13)C-MFA) with [1,6-(13)C]glucose, [5-(13)C]xylose, and [1,6-(13)C]glucose+[5-(13)C]xylose as isotopic tracers. Compared to the starting strain, the evolved strain had an increased growth rate (~2-fold), increased biomass yield, increased tolerance to high temperatures up to 90°C, and gained the ability to grow on xylose in minimal medium. At the optimal growth temperature of 81°C, the maximum growth rate on glucose and xylose was 0.44 and 0.46h(-1), respectively. In medium containing glucose and xylose the strain efficiently co-utilized the two sugars. (13)C-MFA results provided insights into the metabolism of T. thermophilus LC113 that allows efficient co-utilization of glucose and xylose. Specifically, (13)C-MFA revealed that metabolic fluxes in the upper part of metabolism adjust flexibly to sugar availability, while fluxes in the lower part of metabolism remain relatively constant. Whole genome sequence analysis revealed two large structural changes that can help explain the physiology of the evolved strain: a duplication of a chromosome region that contains many sugar transporters, and a 5x multiplication of a region on the pVV8 plasmid that contains xylose isomerase and xylulokinase genes, the first two enzymes of xylose catabolism. Taken together, (13)C-MFA and genome sequence analysis provided complementary insights into the physiology of the evolved strain.
Project description:BACKGROUND: Sustainable and economically viable manufacturing of bioethanol from lignocellulose raw material is dependent on the availability of a robust ethanol producing microorganism, able to ferment all sugars present in the feedstock, including the pentose sugars L-arabinose and D-xylose. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a robust ethanol producer, but needs to be engineered to achieve pentose sugar fermentation. RESULTS: A new recombinant S. cerevisiae strain expressing an improved fungal pathway for the utilization of L-arabinose and D-xylose was constructed and characterized. The new strain grew aerobically on L-arabinose and D-xylose as sole carbon sources. The activities of the enzymes constituting the pentose utilization pathway(s) and product formation during anaerobic mixed sugar fermentation were characterized. CONCLUSION: Pentose fermenting recombinant S. cerevisiae strains were obtained by the expression of a pentose utilization pathway of entirely fungal origin. During anaerobic fermentation the strain produced biomass and ethanol. L-arabitol yield was 0.48 g per gram of consumed pentose sugar, which is considerably less than previously reported for D-xylose reductase expressing strains co-fermenting L-arabinose and D-xylose, and the xylitol yield was 0.07 g per gram of consumed pentose sugar.
Project description:Microbes can be metabolically engineered to produce biofuels and biochemicals, but rerouting metabolic flux toward products is a major hurdle without a systems-level understanding of how cellular flux is controlled. To understand flux rerouting, we investigated a panel of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains with progressive improvements in anaerobic fermentation of xylose, a sugar abundant in sustainable plant biomass used for biofuel production. We combined comparative transcriptomics, proteomics, and phosphoproteomics with network analysis to understand the physiology of improved anaerobic xylose fermentation. Our results show that upstream regulatory changes produce a suite of physiological effects that collectively impact the phenotype. Evolved strains show an unusual co-activation of Protein Kinase A (PKA) and Snf1, thus combining responses seen during feast on glucose and famine on non-preferred sugars. Surprisingly, these regulatory changes were required to mount the hypoxic response when cells were grown on xylose, revealing a previously unknown connection between sugar source and anaerobic response. Network analysis identified several downstream transcription factors that play a significant, but on their own minor, role in anaerobic xylose fermentation, consistent with the combinatorial effects of small-impact changes. We also discovered that different routes of PKA activation produce distinct phenotypes: deletion of the RAS/PKA inhibitor IRA2 promotes xylose growth and metabolism, whereas deletion of PKA inhibitor BCY1 decouples growth from metabolism to enable robust fermentation without division. Comparing phosphoproteomic changes across ira2? and bcy1? strains implicated regulatory changes linked to xylose-dependent growth versus metabolism. Together, our results present a picture of the metabolic logic behind anaerobic xylose flux and suggest that widespread cellular remodeling, rather than individual metabolic changes, is an important goal for metabolic engineering.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Xylose-based ethanol production by recombinant S. cerevisiae is of great interest to basic and applied bioenergy research. By expressing three different fungal pathways in two S. cerevisiae hosts respectively, we found that the xylose utilization efficiency by recombinant S. cerevisiae depends not only on the choice of xylose pathway but also on the choice of host, exhibiting an obvious host or context dependence. To investigate molecular mechanisms of this context dependence, we applied RNA-seq analysis in this study for a systematic characterization of the xylose utilization via different pathways in different S. cerevisiae hosts. RESULTS:Based on the RNA-seq analysis, the transcripts that were regulated during xylose utilization have been identified. Three transcription factors involved in regulation of amino acid metabolism, responses to oxidative stresses, and degradation of aggregated proteins, respectively, were found to participate in xylose metabolism regulation regardless of which pathway was expressed and which host the xylose pathway was expressed in. Nine transcription factors, involved in homeostasis, regulation of amino acid metabolism, and stress responses, were identified as the key modules responsible for the host-specific responses to the same xylose pathway. In addition, the transcriptional regulations of xylose utilization in different yeast hosts were compared to two reference regulation patterns, which indicated that diverse regulation strategies were adopted by different hosts for improved xylose utilization. CONCLUSIONS:This study provides the first transcriptomic study of the host dependence of xylose utilization in S. cerevisiae. Both the conserved regulatory modules for xylose metabolism and the key modules responsible for host dependence were identified. As indicated by the functions of the conserved transcription factors involved in xylose metabolism regulation, the xylose utilization in recombinant S. cerevisiae may be affected by both carbohydrate metabolism regulation and stress responses. Based on the comparison of transcriptional regulation patterns, the metabolic optimizations of xylose utilization in different hosts went toward different directions, which may explain the host dependence observed in this study. The knowledge revealed by this study could provide valuable insights towards the improvement of metabolic engineering strategies for cellulosic ethanol production.
Project description:The aim of present study is to understand the impact of xylose utilization on the Saccharomyces cerevisiae physiology after initial genetic engineering and in a strain with an improved xylose utilization phenotype. Overall design: A twenty four array study using total RNA recovered from xylose-utilizing Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strains M6880 and M7237 grown in chemostat culture.