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Metabolic pathway engineering in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae leads to improved production of a wide range of compounds, ranging from ethanol (from biomass) to natural products such as sesquiterpenes. The introduction of multienzyme pathways requires precise control over the level and timing of expression of the associated genes. Gene number and(More)
Highly reducing iterative polyketide synthases are large, multifunctional enzymes that make important metabolites in fungi, such as lovastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug from Aspergillus terreus. We report efficient expression of the lovastatin nonaketide synthase (LovB) from an engineered strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as well as complete(More)
The production of fuels and chemicals from biorenewable resources is important to alleviate the environmental concerns, costs, and foreign dependency associated with the use of petroleum feedstock. Fatty acids are attractive biomolecules due to the flexibility of their iterative biosynthetic pathway, high energy content, and suitability for conversion into(More)
Polyketides are a diverse group of natural products with significance in human and veterinary medicine. Because polyketides are structurally complex molecules and fermentation is the most commercially viable route of production, a generic heterologous host system for high-level polyketide production is desirable. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been shown to(More)
Biobased chemicals have become attractive replacements for their fossil-fuel counterparts. Recent studies have shown triacetic acid lactone (TAL) to be a promising candidate, capable of undergoing chemical conversion to sorbic acid and other valuable intermediates. In this study, Saccharomyces cerevisiae was engineered for the high-level production of TAL(More)
Carbon feedstocks from fossilized sources are being rapidly depleted due to rising demand for industrial and commercial applications. Many petroleum-derived chemicals can be directly or functionally substituted with chemicals derived from renewable feedstocks. Several short chain organic acids may fulfill this role using their functional groups as a target(More)
The attributes of the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus (rapid growth rate at high temperature, utilization of a wide range of inexpensive carbon sources) make it a promising industrial host for the synthesis of protein and non-protein products. However, no stable multicopy plasmids are currently available for long-term culture of K. marxianus. To allow the(More)
A flocculent Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain was engineered to stably secrete Aspergillus niger beta-galactosidase in a continuous high-cell-density bioreactor. The delta-sequences from the yeast retrotransposon Ty1 were used as target sites for the integration of the beta-galactosidase expression cassette. High-copy-number transformants were successfully(More)
Two delta-integration vectors were evaluated for the insertion of an inducible expression cassette (the yeast CUP1 promoter fused to the Escherichia coli lacZ structural gene, CUP1p-lacZ) and a bacterial neomycin-resistance gene (neo) into the genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae via homologous recombination. Cells containing integrations were selected by(More)
A novel delta-integration vector was developed to allow the sequential insertion of multiple cloned genes in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. To allow repetitive integrations, the reusable URA3 Blaster selection cassette was employed; the insertions (of CUP1p-lacZ in this study) were selected using the URA3 marker which was subsequently "popped" out by(More)