Genome-wide host-pathway interactions affecting cis-cis-muconic acid production in yeast

Paul Cachera, Nikolaj Can Kurt, Andreas Røpke, Tomas Strucko, Uffe H. Mortensen, Michael K. Jensen*

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The success of forward metabolic engineering depends on a thorough understanding of the behaviour of a heterologous metabolic pathway within its host. We have recently described CRI-SPA, a high-throughput gene editing method enabling the delivery of a metabolic pathway to all strains of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae knock-out library. CRI-SPA systematically quantifies the effect of each modified gene present in the library on product synthesis, providing a complete map of host:pathway interactions. In its first version, CRI-SPA relied on the colour of the product betaxanthins to quantify strains synthesis ability. However, only a few compounds produce a visible or fluorescent phenotype limiting the scope of our approach. Here, we adapt CRI-SPA to onboard a biosensor reporting the interactions between host genes and the synthesis of the colourless product cis-cis-muconic acid (CCM). We phenotype >9,000 genotypes, including both gene knock-out and overexpression, by quantifying the fluorescence of yeast colonies growing in high-density agar arrays. We identify novel metabolic targets belonging to a broad range of cellular functions and confirm their positive impacting CCM biosynthesis. In particular, our data suggests a new interplay between CCM biosynthesis and cytosolic redox through their common interaction with the oxidative pentose phosphate pathway. Our genome-wide exploration of host:pathway interaction opens novel strategies for improved production of CCM in yeast cell factories.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMetabolic Engineering
Pages (from-to)75-85
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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