YeastFab: High-Throughput Genetic Parts Construction, Measurement, and Pathway Engineering in Yeast

Methods Enzymol. 2018:608:277-306. doi: 10.1016/bs.mie.2018.05.003. Epub 2018 Jul 6.


For many years, researchers have devised elegant techniques to assemble genetic parts into larger constructs. Recently, increasing needs for complex DNA constructs has driven countless attempts to optimize DNA assembly methods for improved efficiency, fidelity, and modularity. These efforts have resulted in simple, robust, standardized, and fast protocols that enable the implementation of high-throughput DNA assembly projects for the fabrication of large synthetic genetic constructs. Recently our groups have developed the YeastFab assembly, a highly efficient method for the design and construction of DNA-building blocks based on the native elements from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Furthermore, these standardized DNA parts can be readily characterized and assembled into transcriptional units and pathways. In this chapter, we describe the protocols to assemble pathways from characterized standardized yeast parts using YeastFab.

Keywords: DNA assembly; Metabolic engineering; Synthetic biology; Yeast; YeastFab.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • DNA / genetics
  • Gene Library
  • Metabolic Engineering / methods*
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism
  • Synthetic Biology / methods
  • Transformation, Genetic


  • DNA