The Saccharomyces cerevisiae pheromone-response is a metabolically active stationary phase for bio-production

Thomas C. Williams, Bingyin Peng, Claudia E. Vickers*, Lars K. Nielsen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The growth characteristics and underlying metabolism of microbial production hosts are critical to the productivity of metabolically engineered pathways. Production in parallel with growth often leads to biomass/bio-product competition for carbon. The growth arrest phenotype associated with the Saccharomyces cerevisiae pheromone-response is potentially an attractive production phase because it offers the possibility of decoupling production from population growth. However, little is known about the metabolic phenotype associated with the pheromone-response, which has not been tested for suitability as a production phase. Analysis of extracellular metabolite fluxes, available transcriptomic data, and heterologous compound production (para-hydroxybenzoic acid) demonstrate that a highly active and distinct metabolism underlies the pheromone-response. These results indicate that the pheromone-response is a suitable production phase, and that it may be useful for informing synthetic biology design principles for engineering productive stationary phase phenotypes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-152
Number of pages11
JournalMetabolic Engineering Communications
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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