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Synthetic platforms for ad libitum remodelling of yeast central metabolism

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Project "AdLibYeast" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 2˙149˙717 €
 EC max contribution 2˙149˙717 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 2˙149˙717.00


 Project objective

Replacement of petrochemistry by bio-based processes is key to sustainable development and requires microbes equipped with novel-to-nature capabilities. The efficiency of such engineered microbes strongly depends on their native metabolic networks. However, aeons of evolution have optimized these networks for fitness in nature rather than for industrial performance. As a result, central metabolic networks are complex and encoded by mosaic microbial genomes in which genes, irrespective of their function, are scattered over the genome and chromosomes. This absence of a modular organization tremendously restricts genetic accessibility and presents a major hurdle for fundamental understanding and rational engineering of central metabolism. To conquer this limitation, I introduce the concept of ‘pathway swapping’, which will enable experimenters to remodel the core machinery of microbes at will. Using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, an industrial biotechnology work horse and model eukaryotic cell, I propose to design and construct a microbial chassis in which all genes encoding enzymes in central carbon metabolism are relocated to a specialized synthetic chromosome, from which they can be easily swapped by any – homologous or heterologous – synthetic pathway. This challenging and innovative project paves the way for a modular approach to engineering of central metabolism. Beyond providing a ground-breaking enabling technology, the ultimate goal of the pathway swapping technology is to address hitherto unanswered fundamental questions. Access to a sheer endless variety of configurations of central metabolism offers unique, new possibilities to study the fundamental design of metabolic pathways, the constraints that have shaped them and unifying principles for their structure and regulation. Moreover, this technology enables fast, combinatorial optimization studies on central metabolism to optimize its performance in biotechnological purposes.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Gemma Perez-Samper, Bram Cerulus, Abbas Jariani, Lieselotte Vermeersch, Nuria Barrajón Simancas, Markus M. M. Bisschops, Joost van den Brink, Daniel Solis-Escalante, Brigida Gallone, Dries De Maeyer, Elise van Bael, Tom Wenseleers, Jan Michiels, Kathleen Marchal, Pascale Daran-Lapujade, Kevin J. Verstrepen
The Crabtree Effect Shapes the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Lag Phase during the Switch between Different Carbon Sources
published pages: , ISSN: 2150-7511, DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01331-18
mBio 9/5 2019-04-18
2017 Michal A. Świat, Sofia Dashko, Maxime den Ridder, Melanie Wijsman, John van der Oost, Jean-Marc Daran, Pascale Daran-Lapujade
FnCpf1: a novel and efficient genome editing tool for Saccharomyces cerevisiae
published pages: 12585-12598, ISSN: 0305-1048, DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkx1007
Nucleic Acids Research 45/21 2019-04-18
2018 Melanie Wijsman, Michał A Świat, Wesley L Marques, Johanna K Hettinga, Marcel van den Broek, Pilar de la Torre Cortés, Robert Mans, Jack T Pronk, Jean-Marc Daran, Pascale Daran-Lapujade
A toolkit for rapid CRISPR-SpCas9 assisted construction of hexose-transport-deficient Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains
published pages: , ISSN: 1567-1364, DOI: 10.1093/femsyr/foy107
FEMS Yeast Research 2019-04-18
2018 Francine J. Boonekamp, Sofia Dashko, Marcel van den Broek, Thies Gehrmann, Jean-Marc Daran, Pascale Daran-Lapujade
The Genetic Makeup and Expression of the Glycolytic and Fermentative Pathways Are Highly Conserved Within the Saccharomyces Genus
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-8021, DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00504
Frontiers in Genetics 9 2019-04-18

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