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Type: Journal article
Title: Evaluation of gene modification strategies for the development of low-alcohol-wine yeasts
Author: Varela, C.
Kutyna, D.
Solomon, M.
Black, C.
Borneman, A.
Henschke, P.
Pretorius, I.
Chambers, P.
Citation: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2012; 78(17):6068-6077
Publisher: Amer Soc Microbiology
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0099-2240
1098-5336
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C. Varela, D. R. Kutyna, M. R. Solomon, C. A. Black, A. Borneman, P. A. Henschke, I. S. Pretorius, and P. J. Chambers
Abstract: Saccharomyces cerevisiae has evolved a highly efficient strategy for energy generation which maximizes ATP energy production from sugar. This adaptation enables efficient energy generation under anaerobic conditions and limits competition from other microorganisms by producing toxic metabolites, such as ethanol and CO(2). Yeast fermentative and flavor capacity forms the biotechnological basis of a wide range of alcohol-containing beverages. Largely as a result of consumer demand for improved flavor, the alcohol content of some beverages like wine has increased. However, a global trend has recently emerged toward lowering the ethanol content of alcoholic beverages. One option for decreasing ethanol concentration is to use yeast strains able to divert some carbon away from ethanol production. In the case of wine, we have generated and evaluated a large number of gene modifications that were predicted, or known, to impact ethanol formation. Using the same yeast genetic background, 41 modifications were assessed. Enhancing glycerol production by increasing expression of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene, GPD1, was the most efficient strategy to lower ethanol concentration. However, additional modifications were needed to avoid negatively affecting wine quality. Two strains carrying several stable, chromosomally integrated modifications showed significantly lower ethanol production in fermenting grape juice. Strain AWRI2531 was able to decrease ethanol concentrations from 15.6% (vol/vol) to 13.2% (vol/vol), whereas AWRI2532 lowered ethanol content from 15.6% (vol/vol) to 12% (vol/vol) in both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon juices. Both strains, however, produced high concentrations of acetaldehyde and acetoin, which negatively affect wine flavor. Further modifications of these strains allowed reduction of these metabolites.
Keywords: Saccharomyces cerevisiae; Carbon Dioxide; Carbon; Alcohols; Glycerol; Anaerobiosis; Fermentation; Energy Metabolism; Wine; Metabolic Engineering
Rights: Copyright © 2012, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
RMID: 0020127049
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01279-12
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