Dissecting carbon metabolism of Yarrowia lipolytica type strain W29 using genome-scale metabolic modelling

Yufeng Guo, Liqiu Su, Qi Liu, Yan Zhu, Zongjie Dai, Qinhong Wang

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Yarrowia lipolytica is a widely-used chassis cell in biotechnological applications. It has recently gained extensive research interest owing to its extraordinary ability of producing industrially valuable biochemicals from a variety of carbon sources. Genome-scale metabolic models (GSMMs) enable analyses of cellular metabolism for engineering various industrial hosts. In the present study, we developed a high-quality GSMM iYli21 for Y. lipolytica type strain W29 by extensive manual curation with Biolog experimental data. The model showed a high accuracy of 85.7% in predicting nutrient utilization. Transcriptomics data were integrated to delineate cellular metabolism of utilizing six individual metabolites as sole carbon sources. Comparisons showed that 302 reactions were commonly used, including those from TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, and purine metabolism for energy and material supply. Whereas glycolytic reactions were employed only when glucose and glycerol used as sole carbon sources, gluconeogenesis and fatty acid oxidation reactions were specifically employed when fatty acid, alkane and glycerolipid were the sole carbon sources. Further test of 46 substrates for generating 5 products showed that hexanoate outcompeted other compounds in terms of maximum theoretical yield owing to the lowest carbon loss for energy supply. This newly generated model iYli21 will be a valuable tool in dissecting metabolic mechanism and guiding metabolic engineering of this important industrial cell factory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2503-2511
Number of pages9
JournalComputational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Carbon metabolism
  • Genome-scale metabolic model
  • Theoretical yield
  • Yarrowia lipolytica

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