Abbott DA, et al. (2009) Catalase overexpression reduces lactic acid-induced oxidative stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Appl Environ Microbiol 75(8):2320-5
Abstract: Industrial production of lactic acid with the current pyruvate-decarboxylase-negative S. cerevisiae strains requires aeration to allow for respiratory generation of ATP to facilitate growth and even under non-growing conditions, cellular maintenance. In the current study we observed inhibition of aerobic growth in the presence of lactic acid. Unexpectedly, the cyb2Delta reference strain, used to avoid aerobic consumption of lactic acid, had a specific growth rate of 0.25 h(-1) in anaerobic batch cultures containing lactic acid, but only 0.16 h(-1) in identical aerobic cultures. Measurements in aerobic cultures of S. cerevisiae showed that the addition of lactic acid to the growth medium resulted in elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). To reduce the accumulation of lactic acid-induced ROS, cytosolic catalase (CTT1) was overexpressed by replacing the native promoter with the strong constitutive TPI1 promoter. Increased activity of catalase was confirmed and later correlated to decreased levels of ROS and increased specific growth rates in the presence of high lactic acid concentrations. The increased fitness of this genetically modified strain demonstrates the successful attenuation of additional stress that is derived from aerobic metabolism and may provide the basis for enhanced (micro-) aerobic production of organic acids in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
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