Engineering Yarrowia lipolytica for Production of Fatty Alcohols with YaliBrick Vectors

Wanqi Sun, Zhiliang Yang, Peng Xu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Biosynthesis of fatty alcohol holds great promise as substitute to replace petroleum-derived fatty alcohols to mitigate environmental concerns and reduce earth’s carbon footprint. In this protocol, we detail the procedures of how to use the YaliBrick gene assembly platform to achieve modular assembly of fatty alcohol pathway in Y. lipolytica. To limit fatty alcohol oxidation, we will also describe the hydroxyurea-based protocols for the efficient disruption of POX1 gene, encoding the fatty acyl coenzyme A in Y. lipolytica, with the homologous arm about 500 bp. We envision that this chapter would improve our ability to engineer microbial cell factories for oleochemical and fatty alcohol production in oleaginous yeast species.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Fatty alcohol
  • Gene assembly
  • Gene deletion
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Oleochemicals
  • Y. lipolytica


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