Expanding the Dynamic Range of a Transcription Factor-Based Biosensor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Yasaman Dabirian, Xiaowei Li, Yun Chen, Florian David, Jens Nielsen, Verena Siewers*

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Metabolite biosensors are useful tools for high-throughput screening approaches and pathway regulation approaches. An important feature of biosensors is the dynamic range. To expand the maximum dynamic range of a transcription factor-based biosensor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, using the fapO/FapR system from Bacillus subtilis as an example case, five native promoters, including constitutive and glucose-regulated ones, were modified. By evaluating different binding site (BS) positions in the core promoters, we identified locations that resulted in a high maximum dynamic range with low expression under repressed conditions. We further identified BS positions in the upstream element region of the TEF1 promoter that did not influence the native promoter strength but resulted in repression in the presence of a chimeric repressor consisting of FapR and the yeast repressor Mig1. These modified promoters with broad dynamic ranges will provide useful information for the engineering of future biosensors and their use in complex genetic circuits.
Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Synthetic Biology
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1968-1975
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • biosensor
  • fapO/FapR
  • malonyl-CoA
  • maximum dynamic range
  • promoter engineering
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • /FapR

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