2018 Volume 64 Issue 3 Pages 121-126
Candida glycerinogenes is an osmotolerant yeast used for commercial glycerol production, as well as a glycerol utilization yeast which produces high biomass on glycerol medium. In the present study, two STL1 homologues CgSTL1 and CgSTL2 encoding the putative glycerol transporters were identified, and their products were found to be localized to plasma membranes by tagging GFP protein. The functions of CgSTL1 and CgSTL2 on glycerol transport were confirmed by their expression in S. cerevisiae STL1 null mutant and simultaneous deletion in C. glycerinogenes. The expression of CgSTL1 were osmotic-induced, whereas that of CgSTL2 was constitutive. Over-expression of CgSTL1 and CgSTL2 in C. glycerinogenes resulted in improved glycerol consumption rate and cell growth. Our study provided more details on the glycerol transporter of C. glycerinogenes, the potential cell factory for using glycerol as a carbon source.