(157ar) Leveraging the Hermes Transposon to Accelerate the Development of Nonconventional Yeast-Based Microbial Cell Factories
Our key innovation of a nonreplicable circular DNA platform not only increased the possibility of identifying top-producing variants to 97%. Compared to the classical DNA transposition protocol, the design of a nonreplicable circular DNA skipped the step of counter-selection for plasmid removal and thus not only reduced the time required for the step of library creation from 10 to 5 days but also efficiently removed the âtransposition escapersâ, which undesirably represented almost 80% of the entire population as false positives. Using one endogenous product (i.e., shikimate) and one heterologous product (i.e., (S)-norcoclaurine) as examples, we presented a streamlined procedure to rapidly identify high-producing variants with titers significantly higher than the reported data in the literature. We selected Scheffersomyces stipitis, a representative nonconventional yeast as a demo, but the strategy can be generalized to other nonconventional yeasts. This new exploration of transposon technology, therefore, adds a highly versatile tool to accelerate the development of novel species as microbial cell factories for producing value-added chemicals.