Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 34, Issue 12, pp 2161–2173 | Cite as

The yeast hypoxic responses, resources for new biotechnological opportunities

  • M. Isabel González Siso
  • Manuel Becerra
  • Mónica Lamas Maceiras
  • Ángel Vizoso Vázquez
  • M. Esperanza CerdánEmail author


Recent advances in the knowledge of molecular mechanisms that control the adaptation to low oxygen levels in yeast and their biotechnological applications, including bioproduct synthesis, such as ethanol, glutathione or recombinant proteins, as well as pathogenic virulence, are reviewed. Possible pathways and target genes, which might be of particular interest for the improvement of biotechnological applications, are evaluated.


Heme-sensing Hypoxia Sterol-sensing molecular Yeast bio-productions Yeast pathogen virulence 



This research was supported by Grant BFU2009-08854 from Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain), co-financed by Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER). General support to the laboratory during 2008–11 was funded by Xunta de Galicia (Consolidación Grupos Referencia Competitiva 2008/008), co-financed by FEDER. A.V’s salary was funded by the “María Barbeito pre-doctoral program” from Xunta de Galicia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Isabel González Siso
    • 1
  • Manuel Becerra
    • 1
  • Mónica Lamas Maceiras
    • 1
  • Ángel Vizoso Vázquez
    • 1
  • M. Esperanza Cerdán
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología Celular y Molecular, F. CienciasUniversidad de A CoruñaCoruñaSpain

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