This work aims to produce glutathione directly from mannan-based bioresources using engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mannan proved to be a valuable carbon source for glutathione production by this organism. Mannan-hydrolyzing S. cerevisiae was developed by heterologous expression of mannanase/mannosidase on its cell surface. This strain efficiently produced glutathione from mannose polysaccharide, β-1,4-mannan. Furthermore, it produced glutathione from locust bean gum (LBG), a highly dense and inexpensive mannan-based bioresource, as sole carbon source. Glutathione productivity from LBG was enhanced by engineering the glutathione metabolism of mannan-hydrolyzing S. cerevisiae. Expression of extracellular mannanase/mannosidase protein combined with intracellular metabolic engineering is potentially applicable to the efficient, environmentally friendly bioproduction of targeted products from mannan-based bioresources.
Keywords: Cell factory; Glutathione; Mannan-based bioresource; Mannanase/mannosidase-expressing yeast; Synthetic biology.
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