Mitigating health risks associated with alcoholic beverages through metabolic engineering

Lahiru N. Jayakody, Stephan Lane, Heejin Kim, Yong-Su Jin

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Abstract

Epidemiological studies have established a positive relationship between the occurrence of cancer and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Metabolic engineering of brewing yeast to reduce potential carcinogenic compounds in alcoholic beverage is technically feasible as well as economically promising. This review presents the mechanisms of formation of potentially carcinogenic components in alcoholic beverages, such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, ethyl carbamate, acrylamide, and heavy metals, and introduces effective genetic perturbations to minimize the concentrations of these harmful components. As precise and effective genome editing tools for polyploid yeast are now available, we envision that yeast metabolic engineering might open up new research directions for improving brewing yeast in order to ensure product safety as well as to increase overall quality of alcoholic beverages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-181
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Volume37
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

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Metabolic engineering
Metabolic Engineering
Alcoholic Beverages
Health risks
Yeast
Yeasts
Brewing
Health
Polyploidy
Acetaldehyde
Acrylamide
Urethane
Heavy Metals
Formaldehyde
Heavy metals
Epidemiologic Studies
Genes
Safety
Alcoholic beverages
Research

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  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Mitigating health risks associated with alcoholic beverages through metabolic engineering. / Jayakody, Lahiru N.; Lane, Stephan; Kim, Heejin; Jin, Yong-Su.

In: Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol. 37, 01.02.2016, p. 173-181.

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