In silico identification of metabolic engineering strategies for improved lipid production in Yarrowia lipolytica by genome-scale metabolic modeling

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Biotechnology for Biofuels, 12(1):187
Genome-scale modelingSystems biologyMetabolic engineeringYarrowia lipolyticaeMOMALipidNon-conventional yeastTAG
Yarrowia lipolytica, an oleaginous yeast, is a promising platform strain for production of biofuels and oleochemicals as it can accumulate a high level of lipids in response to nitrogen limitation. Accordingly, many metabolic engineering efforts have been made to develop engineered strains of Y. lipolytica with higher lipid yields. Genome-scale model of metabolism (GEM) is a powerful tool for identifying novel genetic designs for metabolic engineering. Several GEMs for Y. lipolytica have recently been developed; however, not many applications of the GEMs have been reported for actual metabolic engineering of Y. lipolytica. The major obstacle impeding the application of Y. lipolytica GEMs is the lack of proper methods for predicting phenotypes of the cells in the nitrogen-limited condition, or more specifically in the stationary phase of a batch culture.

In this study, we showed that environmental version of minimization of metabolic adjustment (eMOMA) can be used for predicting metabolic flux distribution of Y. lipolytica under the nitrogen-limited condition and identifying metabolic engineering strategies to improve lipid production in Y. lipolytica. Several well-characterized overexpression targets, such as diglyceride acyltransferase, acetyl-CoA carboxylase, and stearoyl-CoA desaturase, were successfully rediscovered by our eMOMA-based design method, showing the relevance of prediction results. Interestingly, the eMOMA-based design method also suggested non-intuitive knockout targets, and we experimentally validated the prediction with a mutant lacking YALI0F30745g, one of the predicted targets involved in one-carbon/methionine metabolism. The mutant accumulated 45% more lipids compared to the wild-type.

This study demonstrated that eMOMA is a powerful computational method for understanding and engineering the metabolism of Y. lipolytica and potentially other oleaginous microorganisms.
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