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Combinatorial Modulation of Linalool Synthase and Farnesyl Diphosphate Synthase for Linalool Overproduction in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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posted on 2021-01-11, 16:38 authored by Pingping Zhou, Yi Du, Xin Fang, Nannan Xu, Chunlei Yue, Lidan Ye
Linalool, as a fragrant monoterpene, is an important feedstock for food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics industries. Although our previous study had significantly increased linalool production by the directed evolution of linalool synthase and overexpression of the whole mevalonate pathway genes, the engineered yeast strain suffered from dramatically reduced biomass. Herein, a stress-free linalool-producing yeast cell factory was constructed by the combinational regulation of linalool synthase and farnesyl diphosphate synthase instead of multienzyme overexpression. First, the expression level of linalool synthase was successfully enhanced by introducing a N-terminal SKIK tag, which improved linalool production by 3.3-fold. Subsequently, the modular assembly of linalool synthase and dominant negative farnesyl diphosphate synthase via short peptide tags efficiently converted geranyl pyrophosphate to linalool. Additional downregulation of the native farnesyl diphosphate synthase led to the highest reported linalool production (80.9 mg/L) in yeast. This combinatorial modulation strategy may also be applied to the production of other high-value monoterpenes.