Streamlined identification of strain engineering targets for bioprocess improvement using metabolic pathway enrichment analysis

Joan Cortada Garcia, Rónán Daly, S. Alison Arnold, Karl Burgess

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Metabolomics is a powerful tool for the identification of genetic targets for bioprocess optimisation. However, in most cases, only the biosynthetic pathway directed to product formation is analysed, limiting the identification of these targets. Some studies have used untargeted metabolomics, allowing a more unbiased approach, but data interpretation using multivariate analysis is usually not straightforward and requires time and effort. Here we show, for the first time, the application of metabolic pathway enrichment analysis using untargeted and targeted metabolomics data to identify genetic targets for bioprocess improvement in a more streamlined way. The analysis of an Escherichia coli succinate production bioprocess with this methodology revealed three significantly modulated pathways during the product formation phase: the pentose phosphate pathway, pantothenate and CoA biosynthesis and ascorbate and aldarate metabolism. From these, the two former pathways are consistent with previous efforts to improve succinate production in Escherichia coli. Furthermore, to the best of our knowledge, ascorbate and aldarate metabolism is a newly identified target that has so far never been explored for improving succinate production in this microorganism. This methodology therefore represents a powerful tool for the streamlined identification of strain engineering targets that can accelerate bioprocess optimisation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12990
Number of pages14
JournalScientific Reports
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2023

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