Towards next-generation model microorganism chassis for biomanufacturing

Yanfeng Liu, Anqi Su, Jianghua Li, Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro, Peng Xu, Guocheng Du, Long Liu*

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Abstract: Synthetic biology provides powerful tools and novel strategies for designing and modifying microorganisms to function as cell factories for biomanufacturing, which is a promising approach for realizing chemical production in a green and sustainable manner. Recent advances in genetic component design and genome engineering have enabled significant progresses in the field of synthetic biology chassis that have been developed for enzymes or biochemical production based on synthetic biology strategies, with particular reference to model microorganisms, such as Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, Corynebacterium glutamicum, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In this review, strategies for engineering four different functional cellular modules which encompass the total process of biomanufacturing are discussed, including expanding the substrate spectrum for substrate uptake modules, refactoring biosynthetic pathways and dynamic regulation for product synthesis modules, balancing energy and redox modules, and cell membrane and cell wall engineering of product storage and secretion modules. Novel strategies of integrating and coordinating different cellular modules aided by synthetic co-culturing of multiple chassis, artificial intelligence–aided data mining for guiding strain development, and the process for designing automatic chassis development via biofoundry are expected to generate next generations of model microorganism chassis for more efficient biomanufacturing. Key points: • Engineering of functional cellular modules facilitate next generations of chassis construction. • Global optimization of biosynthesis can be improved by metabolic models. • Data-driven and automatic strain development can improve microorganism chassis construction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9095-9108
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomanufacturing
  • Cellular functional modules
  • Model microorganism chassis
  • Synthetic biology


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