Systematic Genome Analysis of a Novel Arachidonic Acid-Producing Strain Uncovered Unique Metabolic Traits in the Production of acetyl-CoA-derived Products in Mortierellale Fungi

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Tayvich Vorapreeda, Chinae Thammarongtham, Thanaporn Palasak, Tanawut Srisuk, Piroon Jenjaroenpun, Thidathip Wongsurawat, Intawat Nookaew, Kobkul Laoteng

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 10]. Gene. 2020;144559. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2020.144559


The fungi in order Mortierellales are attractive producers for long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Here, the genome sequencing and assembly of a novel strain of Mortierella sp. BCC40632 were done, yielding 65 contigs spanning of 49,964,116 total bases with predicted 12,149 protein-coding genes. We focused on the acetyl-CoA in relevant to its derived metabolic pathways for biosynthesis of macromolecules with biological functions, including PUFAs, eicosanoids and carotenoids. By comparative genome analysis between Mortierellales and Mucorales, the signature genetic characteristics of the arachidonic acid-producing strains, including Δ5-desaturase and GLELO-like elongase, were also identified in the strain BCC40632. Remarkably, this fungal strain contained only n-6 pathway of PUFA biosynthesis due to the absence of Δ15-desaturase or ω3-desaturase gene in contrast to other Mortierella species. Four putative enzyme sequences in the eicosanoid biosynthetic pathways were identified in the strain BCC40632 and others Mortierellale fungi, but were not detected in the Mucorales. Another unique metabolic trait of the Mortierellales was the inability in carotenoid synthesis as a result of the lack of phytoene synthase and phytoene desaturase genes. The findings provide a perspective in strain optimization for production of tailored-made products with industrial applications.

Keywords Arachidonic acid; Carotenoids, Eicosanoids; Genome analysis; Microbial lipids; Mortierella sp.; Oleaginous fungi

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