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Yeast Pichia pastoris for bulk chemicals production

Benchmarking recombinant Pichiapastoris for 3-hydroxypropionic acid production from glycerol

A. Fina, G. Coelho Brêda, M. Pérez-Trujillo, D. M. Guimarães Freire, R. Volcan Almeida, J. Albiol, P. Ferrer

Microb. Biotechnol. (2021) 14(4), 1671– 1682. https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.13833

The use of the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris (Komagataella phaffi) to produce heterologous proteins has been largely reported. However, investigations addressing the potential of this yeast to produce bulk chemicals are still scarce. In this study, we have studied the use of P. pastoris as a cell factory to produce the commodity chemical 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) from glycerol. 3-HP is a chemical platform which can be converted into acrylic acid and to other alternatives to petroleum-based products. To this end, the mcr gene from Chloroflexus aurantiacus was introduced into P. pastoris. This single modification allowed the production of 3-HP from glycerol through the malonyl-CoA pathway. Found results benchmark P. pastoris as a promising platform to produce bulk chemicals for the revalorization of crude glycerol and, in particular, to produce 3-HP.