S-Adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) is an important intracellular metabolite and widely used for treatment of various diseases. Although high level production of SAM had been achieved in yeast, novel metabolic engineering strategies are needed to further enhance SAM production for industrial applications. Here genome-scale engineering (GSE) was performed to identify new targets for SAM overproduction using the multi-functional genome-wide CRISPR (MAGIC) system, and the effects of these newly identified targets were further validated in industrial yeast strains. After 3 rounds of FACS screening and characterization, numerous novel targets for enhancing SAM production were identified. In addition, transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses were performed to investigate the molecular mechanisms for enhanced SAM accumulation. The best combination (upregulation of SNZ3, RFC4, and RPS18B) improved SAM productivity by 2.2-fold and 1.6-fold in laboratory and industrial yeast strains, respectively. Using GSE of laboratory yeast strains to guide industrial yeast strain engineering presents an effective approach to design microbial cell factories for industrial applications.
- Genome-scale engineering
- Industrial S. cerevisiae
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology