Expression of a mutated SPT15 gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae enhances both cell growth and ethanol production in microaerobic batch, fed-batch, and simultaneous saccharification and fermentations

Yeong Je Seong, Haeseong Park, Jungwoo Yang, Soo Jung Kim, Wonja Choi, Kyoung Heon Kim, Yong Cheol Park

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Abstract

The SPT15 gene encodes a Saccharomyces cerevisiae TATA-binding protein, which is able to globally control the transcription levels of various metabolic and regulatory genes. In this study, a SPT15 gene mutant (S42N, S78R, S163P, and I212N) was expressed in S. cerevisiae BY4741 (BSPT15-M3), of which effects on fermentative yeast properties were evaluated in a series of culture types. By applying different nitrogen sources and air supply conditions in batch culture, organic nitrogen sources and microaerobic condition were decided to be more favorable for both cell growth and ethanol production of the BSPT15-M3 strain than the control S. cerevisiae BY4741 strain expressing the SPT15 gene (BSPT15wt). Microaerobic fed-batch cultures of BSPT15-M3 with glucose shock in the presence of high ethanol content resulted in a 9.5–13.4% higher glucose consumption rate and ethanol productivity than those for the BSPT15wt strain. In addition, BSPT15-M3 showed 4.5 and 3.9% increases in ethanol productivity from cassava hydrolysates and corn starch in simultaneous saccharification and fermentation processes, respectively. It was concluded that overexpression of the mutated SPT15 gene would be a potent strategy to develop robust S. cerevisiae strains with enhanced cell growth and ethanol production abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017 Feb 6

Keywords

  • Microaerobic fermentation
  • Osmotic tolerance
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation
  • SPT15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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