Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 117–125 | Cite as

Profiling influences of gene overexpression on heterologous resveratrol production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

  • Duo Liu
  • Bingzhi Li
  • Hong Liu
  • Xuejiao Guo
  • Yingjin Yuan
Research Article


Metabolic engineering of heterologous resveratrol production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae faces challenges as the precursor l-tyrosine is stringently regulated by a complex biosynthetic system. We overexpressed the main gene targets in the upstream pathways to investigate their influences on the downstream resveratrol production. Single-gene overexpression and DNA assembly-directed multigene overexpression affect the production of resveratrol as well as its precursor p-coumaric acid. Finally, the collaboration of selected gene targets leads to an optimal resveratrol production of 66.14±3.74 mg·L–1, 2.27 times higher than the initial production in YPD medium (4% glucose). The newly discovered gene targets TRP1 expressing phosphoribosylanthranilate isomerase, ARO3 expressing 3-deoxy-d-arabino-heptulosonate-7-phosphate synthase, and 4CL expressing 4-coumaryl-CoA ligase show notable positive impacts on resveratrol production in S. cerevisiae.


resveratrol aromatic amino acid DNA assembly metabolic engineering gene overexpression 


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The authors declare no competing financial interest. This work was funded by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, Grant No. 2014CB745100) and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program, Grant No. 2012AA02A701), the International S&T Cooperation Program of China (2015DFA00960), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Major Program, Grant No. 21390203).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duo Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bingzhi Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hong Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xuejiao Guo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yingjin Yuan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering (Ministry of Education), School of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.SynBio Research Platform, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin)Tianjin UniversityTianjinChina

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