High-level recombinant production of squalene using selected Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains

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High-level recombinant production of squalene using selected Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains
Jong Yun Han; Sung-Hwa Seo; Jae Myeong Song; Hong-Weon Lee; Eui Sung Choi
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Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 239-251
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For recombinant production of squalene, which is a triterpenoid compound with increasing industrial applications, in microorganisms generally recognized as safe, we screened Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains to determine their suitability. A strong strain dependence was observed in squalene productivity among Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains upon overexpression of genes important for isoprenoid biosynthesis. In particular, a high level of squalene production (400 ± 45 mg/L) was obtained in shake flasks with the Y2805 strain overexpressing genes encoding a bacterial farnesyl diphosphate synthase (ispA) and a truncated form of hydroxyl-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (tHMG1). Partial inhibition of squalene epoxidase by terbinafine further increased squalene production by up to 1.9-fold (756 ± 36 mg/L). Furthermore, squalene production of 2011 ± 75 or 1026 ± 37 mg/L was obtained from 5-L fed-batch fermentations in the presence or absence of terbinafine supplementation, respectively. These results suggest that the Y2805 strain has potential as a new alternative source of squalene production
Farnesyl diphosphate synthaseHMG-CoA reductaseMetabolic engineeringSaccharomyces cerevisiaeSqualene
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