Metab Eng 2021 Apr 9. Epub 2021 Apr 9.
School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Chemical Processes, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 08826, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:
Acetoin is widely used in food and cosmetics industries as a taste and fragrance enhancer. To produce (R)-acetoin in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, acetoin biosynthetic genes encoding α-acetolactate synthase (AlsS) and α-acetolactate decarboxylase (AlsD) from Bacillus subtilis and water-forming NADH oxidase (NoxE) from Lactococcus lactis were integrated into delta-sequences in JHY605 strain, where the production of ethanol, glycerol, and (R,R)-2,3-butanediol (BDO) was largely eliminated. We further improved acetoin production by increasing acetoin tolerance by adaptive laboratory evolution, and eliminating other byproducts including meso-2,3-BDO and 2,3-dimethylglycerate, a newly identified byproduct. Read More