Patent application title: SPECIFIC ALLELES IMPORTANT FOR ETHANOL TOLERANCE
IPC8 Class: AC12N1581FI
Publication date: 2014-08-14
Patent application number: 20140228224
The present disclosure relates to the identification of a QTL associated
with high ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces spp. More specifically, it
relates to specific alleles of MKT1 and APJ1 possibly combined with a
specific allele of SWS2 that are important in obtaining a high ethanol
tolerance in Saccharomyces spp. It relates further to the use of such
alleles in the construction of high ethanol tolerant strains, and the use
of these alleles in screening for ethanol tolerance.
1. A method of obtaining ethanol tolerance in a yeast, the method
comprising: utilizing an inactivated APJ1 allele to obtain ethanol
tolerance in the yeast.
2. The method according to claim 1, wherein said inactivated APJ1 allele is a deletion mutant.
3. The method according to claim 1, wherein said allele is combined with the expression of a mutant MKT1 allele.
4. The method according to claim 3, wherein said mutant MKT1 is characterized by a glycine at position 30 and an arginine at position 453, or equivalent positions in homologous sequences.
5. The method according to claim 4, wherein said mutant MKT1 comprises SEQ ID NO: 1.
6. A method for screening ethanol resistant yeast, said method comprising: identifying a downregulating mutation in the APJ1 gene, and/or determining the G30 and/or R453 mutations in the Mkt1p.
7. The method according to claim 3, wherein the allele is combined with overexpressing a wild-type SWS2 allele.
8. The method according to claim 1, wherein the allele is combined with: expressing a mutant MKT1 allele, and overexpressing a wild-type SWS2 allele.
9. The method according to claim 1, wherein the allele is combined with overexpressing a wild-type SWS2 allele.
10. The method according to claim 2, wherein the allele is combined with overexpressing a wild-type SWS2 allele.
11. The method according to claim 10, wherein the mutant MKT1 is characterized by a glycine at position 30 and an arginine at position 453, or equivalent positions in homologous sequences.
12. The method according to claim 11, wherein the mutant MKT1 comprises SEQ ID NO: 1.
13. The method according to claim 10, wherein the allele is combined with expressing a mutant MKT1 allele.
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
 This application is a national phase entry under 35 U.S.C. §371 of International Patent Application PCT/EP2012/061823, filed Jun. 20, 2012, designating the United States of America and published in English as International Patent Publication WO 2012/175552 A1 on Dec. 27, 2012, which claims the benefit under Article 8 of the Patent Cooperation Treaty to European Application Serial No. 11170692.5, filed Jun. 21, 2011.
 The present disclosure relates to the identification of a QTL associated with high ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces spp. More specifically, it relates to specific alleles of MKT1 and APJ1 possibly combined with a specific allele of SWS2 that are important in obtaining a high ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces spp. It relates further to the use of such alleles in the construction of high ethanol tolerant strains, and the use of these alleles in screening for ethanol tolerance.
 Genetic analysis of polygenic, quantitative traits remains an important challenge. It requires reliable scoring of many genetic markers covering the whole genome. In yeast, the first successful approaches to simultaneously map multiple genetic loci, that were either independent (Winzeler et al., 1998) or involved in a quantitative trait (QTL) Steinmetz et al., 2002), made use of SNP markers that were scored by hybridization of genomic DNA from individual segregants to a gene expression micro-array. Subsequently, a similar approach was used to map QTL involved in traits such as sporulation efficiency (Deutschbauer and Davies, 2005), gene expression (Brew et al., 2002), acetic acid production (Marullo et al., 2007), cell morphology (Nogami et al., 2007) and resistance to small-molecule drugs (Perlstein et al., 2007).
 The advent of high-throughput sequencing technologies provides a new way to score large numbers of SNPs as genetic markers. Application to individual segregants remains cumbersome because of the high costs involved. On the other hand, bulked segregant analysis was shown to be efficient in identifying markers linked to specific genes (Michelmore et al., 1991) and is robust to occasional phenotyping mistakes (Segre et al., 2006). Schneeberger et al., (2009) showed that this approach worked for a single mutation. They crossed an Arabidopsis thaliana mutant with an unrelated strain, pooled 500 segregants with the mutant phenotype and used the nucleotide frequency of SNPs detected by Illumina whole genome sequence analysis in the DNA extracted from the pool to map the locus with the mutation. Recently, Arnold et al., (2011) used a similar approach to identify a single mutation responsible for a renal disease in mice and Birkeland et al., (2010) to map a mutation causing a defect in vacuole inheritance in S. cerevisiae. It has been suggested that in principle this approach should also allow the simultaneous mapping of multiple QTL present throughout the genome (Schneeberger et al., 2009; Birkeland et al., 2010; Lister et al., 2009). However, to the best of our knowledge, this has not been demonstrated yet for a typical quantitative trait.
 For this disclosure, we applied "pooled-segregant whole genome sequence analysis" for the mapping of QTL involved in tolerance to high ethanol levels (16-17%) in yeast. High ethanol tolerance is an exquisite characteristic of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and is of prime importance to the yeast fermentation industries (bioethanol, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages). Up to now, ethanol tolerance in yeast has been studied mostly in laboratory yeast strains and always with low to moderately high ethanol concentrations (5-12%). These studies have revealed that properties like membrane lipid composition, chaperone protein expression, and trehalose content are important determinants of ethanol tolerance (D'Amore and Stewart, 1987; Ding et al., 2009). Genome-wide transcriptomics and screening of deletion mutants have revealed many genes required for tolerance to low/moderate ethanol concentrations Fujita et al., 2006; Lewis et al., 2010; van Voorst et al., 2006). In most of these studies, ethanol tolerance was determined based on growth in the presence of ethanol. Furthermore, a genetic dissection of ethanol tolerance was made in laboratory strains in which ethanol tolerance was measured as survival after treatment with different concentrations of ethanol under non-growing conditions. Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), detected by multiplex PCR, were used as genome-wide genetic markers and five QTL were identified which explained about 50% of the phenotypic variation (Hu et al., 2007). In contrast, nothing is known about the genetic loci or gene polymorphisms that are responsible for the much higher ethanol tolerance during growth of natural and industrial yeast strains compared to laboratory strains.
 Surprisingly, we found that "pooled-segregant whole genome sequence analysis" can be used for mapping of QTL in yeast. Even more surprisingly, we have identified and validated three genetic loci in a Brazilian bioethanol production strain that are responsible for tolerance to high ethanol levels during growth. In addition, we have dissected the locus with the strongest linkage and identified two novel alleles with a previously unrecognized, positive function in ethanol tolerance. The locus also contained a mutant allele with a negative contribution to high ethanol tolerance, which was located in between the two genes with a positive contribution.
 A first aspect of the disclosure is the use of an inactivated APJ1 (SEQ ID NO:2, accession number: genbank NP--014322 version NP--014322.1, 26 Apr. 2011) allele, or a homologue, orthologue or paralogue thereof, to obtain ethanol tolerance in yeast. Inactivated, as used here, means that the expression can be lowered by mutations in the promoter region, or that mutants in the open reading frame may occur, affecting the biological activity of the gene. A "homologue," as used here, encompasses a gene encoding a protein having amino acid substitutions, deletions and/or insertions relative to the unmodified protein in question and having similar biological and functional activity as the unmodified protein from which it is derived. "Orthologue" and "paralogue" encompass evolutionary concepts used to describe the ancestral relationships of genes. Paralogues are genes within the same species that have originated through duplication of an ancestral gene; orthologues are genes from different organisms that have originated through speciation, and are also derived from a common ancestral gene. Preferably, the homologue, orthologue or paralogue shows at least 40% identities at protein level, as measured by a BLASTp alignment (Altschul et al., 1997; Altschul et al., 2005). Even more preferably, it has at least 45%, more preferably 50%, more preferably 55%, more preferably 60%, more preferably 65%, more preferably 70%, more preferably 75%, more preferably 80%, more preferably 85%, more preferably 90%, most preferably 95% identities. Preferably, the inactivated allele is a disrupted or deleted APJ1 mutant, including the complete deletion of the gene. The use of an inactivated allele, as used here, means that in a haploid strain the APJ1 gene is replaced by the inactivated allele, and in a diploid or polyploidy or aneuploid yeast strain, at least one copy of the APJ1 gene is replaced by the inactivated allele. Preferably, several copies are replaced; most preferably all copies are replaced by the inactivated allele. Ethanol tolerance, as used here, means that the strain, carrying the inactivated allele can be grown at higher ethanol concentrations than the parental strain. Preferably, ethanol tolerance means that the stain is capable to grow on plates with at least 12% ethanol, preferably on plates with at least 14% ethanol, more preferably on plates with at least 16%, more preferably at least 17%, most preferably at least 18% ethanol. A "yeast," as used here, can be any unicellular fungus. Preferably, the yeast is a species selected from the genera Saccharomyces, Zygosaccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Kluyveromyces, Pichia, Pachysolen and Candida. Preferably, the yeast is a brewers', wine or distillers yeast selected from the genera Saccharomyces, Zygosaccharomyces and Brettanomyces. Most preferably, the yeast is a Saccharomyces spp, preferably Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
 In one preferred embodiment, the use of the inactivated APJ1 allele is combined with the use of a mutant MKT1 allele. The use of a mutant MKT1 allele, as used here, means that in a haploid strain the MKTJ gene is replaced by the mutant allele, and in a diploid or polyploidy or aneuploid yeast strain, at least one copy of the MKT1 gene is replaced by the mutant allele. Preferably, several copies are replaced; most preferably all copies are replaced by the mutant. A mutant MKT1 gene is a gene that encodes a protein that is different from the reference protein (SEQ ID NO:3, Genbank accession number CAA95961, version CAA95961.1 dated 11 Aug. 1997). Preferably, the mutant encodes a protein carrying mutation at positions 30 and 453, more preferably, the mutant encodes a protein that has a glycine at position 30 and an arginine at position 453, most preferably, the mutant encodes a protein that comprises, preferably consists of SEQ ID NO:1 (table 3). Alternatively, the mutant MKT1 allele is a mutant of a homologue, orthologue of paralogue (as defined earlier) of the gene encoding MKT1.
 In another preferred embodiment, the use of the inactivated APJ1 allele is combined with the overexpression of a wild type SWS2 gene. A wild type SWS2 gene is a gene encoding a sws2p as given by SEQ ID NO:4 (Genbank accession number NP--014318, version NP--014318.1 dated 26 Apr. 2011) or a homologue, orthologue or paralogue thereof, as defined above. Overexpression, as used here, means that the level of SWS2 protein in the strain carrying the inactivated APJ1 is higher than in the parental strain. As a non-limiting example, overexpression can be obtained by placing the coding sequence under control of a strong promoter, or by increasing the copy number of the gene.
 It is clear for the person skilled in the art that the inactivated APJ1 allele can be combined with both overexpression of the wild type SWS2 gene, as well as the expression of a mutant MKT1 allele, according to the disclosure. Moreover, other ethanol tolerance improving genes can be used to increase the effect of the inactivated APJ1 allele, whether in combination with wild type SWS2 and/or mutant MKT1 or not.
 Alternatively, the expression of mutant MKT1 allele, according to the disclosure, or overexpression of the wild type SWS2 gene may be used alone to obtain ethanol tolerance, or the combination of the expression of mutant MKT1 allele, according to the disclosure, with overexpression of the wild type SWS2 gene can be used to obtain ethanol tolerance.
 Another aspect of the disclosure is a method for screening ethanol resistant yeast, the method comprising the identification of downregulating mutations in the APJ1 gene and/or the determination of the G30 and/or R453 mutation in the Mkt1p. The APJ1 gene, as used here, includes the promoter and teiniinator region. Downregulating mutations are known to the person skilled in the art and include, but are not limited to, insertions, deletions of premature stops in the coding sequence. Determination of G30 and/or R453 mutation in the Mkt1p can be carried out at protein level or at nucleic acid level; preferably, it is carried out at nucleic level, by checking the coding sequence.
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 FIG. 1: Ethanol tolerance of the Brazilian bioethanol production strain VR1 and its segregant VR1-5B.
 The ethanol tolerance of VR1 (diploid) and VR1-5B (haploid) was determined by scoring growth of tenfold dilutions on YP plates with different concentrations of ethanol. Both strains, as well as the heterozygous VR1-5B/BY4741 strain (diploid), showed a clearly higher ethanol tolerance than the control laboratory strains BY4741 (haploid) and BY (diploid), which was obtained by crossing BY4741 with BY4742.
 FIG. 2: Genetic mapping of QTL involved in high ethanol tolerance by wholegenome sequence analysis.
 (A) QTL mapping by whole-genome sequence analysis of DNA extracted from a pool of 136 segregants tolerant to at least 16% ethanol (Pool 1). The genomic DNA of the parents, VR1-5B and BY4741, and the pool was sequenced and aligned to identify SNPs. The nucleotide frequency of quality-selected SNPs in the sequence of the pool was plotted against the chromosomal position. Significant deviations from the average of 0.5 indicate candidate QTL linked to high ethanol tolerance. Upward deviations indicate linkage to QTL in the ethanol tolerant parent VR1-5B.
 (B) Application of a more stringent selection condition reveals candidate minor loci determining high ethanol tolerance. For a locus on chromosome II and XV, the SNP frequencies in the pool of segregants tolerant to at least 17% ethanol (red line) show a more pronounced deviation from random segregation in comparison to the pool of segregants tolerant to at least 16% ethanol (green line). The difference in SNP frequency between the two pools is certainly significant when the confidence intervals do not overlap.
 FIG. 3: Genetic mapping by whole-genome sequence analysis of DNA extracted from a pool of 31 segregants tolerant to at least 17% ethanol (Pool 2).
 The genomic DNA of the parents, VR1-5B and BY4741, and the pool was sequenced and aligned to identify SNPs. The nucleotide frequency of quality-selected SNPs in the sequence of the pool was plotted against the chromosomal position. Significant deviations from the average of 0.5 indicate candidate QTL linked to high ethanol tolerance. Upward deviations indicate linkage to QTL in the ethanol tolerant parent VR1-5B.
 FIG. 4: Comparison of the evolution of the SNP nucleotide frequency for Pool 1: segregants tolerant to 16% ethanol (green line) and Pool 2: segregants tolerant to 17% ethanol (red line) throughout the genome.
 The two major QTL on chromosomes V and XIV are not significantly different between the two pools. However, in several instances, e.g., on chromosomes II, XII and XV, minor loci can be identified showing a significant difference between the two pools. These candidate QTL are more distinctive in Pool 2 (17% ethanol) compared to Pool 1 (16% ethanol). The difference in SNP frequency between the two pools is certainly significant when the simultaneous confidence bands do not overlap.
 FIG. 5: Detailed statistics of the two major loci linked to high ethanol tolerance.
 The tables show for each marker in the two mapped major loci (A: Chromosome V, B: chromosome XIV) the position of the marker, the number of segregants in which the marker was scored, the association percentage and the P value. The association percentage represents the percentage of segregants with VR1-5B inheritance, i.e., the nucleotide from VR1-5B. The markers with the strongest link are shown in bold.
 FIG. 6: Fine-mapping and identification of the causative genes in QTL3.
 (A) The 87 kb locus defined by SNP markers S67, S68 and S69 in QTL3 showed the lowest probability of random segregation in 101 highly ethanol tolerant segregants. Further fine-mapping was achieved by scoring five additional markers within the 87 kb interval in the same segregants. Calculation of the P values revealed the strongest link for a 16 kb locus defined by markers S68, S68-1 and S68-2.
 (B) The name and location of each ORF in the fine-mapped locus is shown as annotated in SGD 20. The interval from nucleotide 466,599 till 485,809 was sequenced in VR1-5B and BY4741, which revealed 115 polymorphisms, of which part were in intergenic regions (numbers between brackets). For the ORFs, only polymorphisms that change the amino acid sequence are indicated (amino acid in BY4741, followed by position in the protein and amino acid in VR1-5B). SAL1 has a frame shift mutation in BY4741 resulting in an earlier stop codon and truncation of the protein, which is assumed to be a loss-of-function gene product (Dimitrov et al., 2009). PMS1 has an insertion of four amino acids at position 417 in VR1-5B. The sequence of BY4741 in this interval is the same as that of S288c 20, except for one nucleotide in SAL1 that causes an amino acid change at position 131 (valine in BY4741 and methionine in S288c and VR1-5B).
 (C) Reciprocal hemizygosity analysis. For each gene in the fine-mapped locus, two diploid strains were constructed in the VR1-5B/BY4741 hybrid background that carried either the VR1-5B-derived (left) or BY4741-derived (right) allele from the gene. The rest of the genome was identical between the two hybrids. The reciprocal deletions were engineered in the haploid strains, after which the proper haploids were crossed to obtain the diploid hybrids. The ethanol tolerance of the diploid hybrids was determined by scoring the growth of twofold dilutions on 16% ethanol after 9 days. This revealed different contributions of the parental alleles of MKT1, SWS2 and APJ1 to high ethanol tolerance.
 FIG. 7: Effect of MKT1, SWS2 and APJ1 on ethanol tolerance.
 (A) The ethanol tolerance of BY4741 (inferior wild type) and its MKT1, SWS2 and APJ1 deletion strains was determined by scoring growth of twofold dilutions on different ethanol concentrations.
 (B) The ethanol tolerance of VR1-5B (superior wild type) and its MKT1, SWS2 and APJ1 deletion strains was determined by scoring growth of twofold dilutions on different ethanol concentrations.
 (C) The MKT1-VR allele is beneficial for high ethanol tolerance. MKT1-BY and MKT1-VR including 534 bp upstream and 344 bp downstream regions of the ORF were cloned in the low-copy-number plasmid YCplac111 and expressed in BY4741 (BY1) and three segregants from VR1-5B/BY4741 that hold MKT1-BY (1D, 24A and 32B). The ethanol tolerance was determined in two-fold dilutions on different concentrations of ethanol.
 FIG. 8: Ethanol tolerance of diploid single and double APJ1 deletion parent strains.
 The ethanol tolerance of diploid single and double APJ1 deletion strains was determined on YP medium with 10% ethanol (after 7 and 8 days) and 18% ethanol (after 12 days) or with glucose (after 1 day) as control.
 FIG. 9: Expression of APJ1 in BY4741 and VR1-5B strains during the beginning of the fermentation.
 Determination of APJ1 expression by Real-time PCR in BY4741 and VR1-5B strains during the beginning of the fermentation showed a higher expression level in the BY4741 strain (normalized to 1.0±0.19) compared to the VR1-5B strain (0.43±0.12). This agrees with the conclusion that Apj1p is negative for ethanol tolerance and that the APJ1 allele of VR 1-5B is superior because of its lower expression.
 FIG. 10: Ethanol tolerance of industrial yeast strains with single and double APJ1 deletion.
 Ethanol tolerance of industrial yeast strains, Ethanol red (ER), ES2 and PE2, and its single and double APJ1 deletion strains was determined by scoring growth of twofold dilutions on nutrient plates with different ethanol concentrations (12%, 14% and 16%). Industrial strains with double APJ1 deletion showed a higher ethanol tolerance than the control strains on YP plates with 16% ethanol.
 FIG. 11: Comparison of fermentation performance in an industrial xylose utilizing strain with wild type APJ1 and the same strain deleted for APJ1 in both alleles.
 Fermentation was performed in YP+35% (w/v) glucose, in continuous stirring or static condition at 30° C. Values for stirring fermentations are average of duplicate experiments. Fermentation tubes were weighed every few hours and the amount of glucose leftover was inferred from the weight loss due to CO2 release. (A) Fermentation profile measured from weight loss due to CO2 release. (B) Final ethanol level. (C) Final glucose leftover, and ethanol and glycerol produced. The stirred fermentation has no indication, the static fermentation is indicated as (static). GS1.11-26 is the parental strain, the double mutant is indicated as GS1.11-26 APJ1ΔΔ.
Materials and Methods to the Examples
 Strains and Growth Conditions
 Yeast cells were grown at 30° C. in YPD medium containing 1% (w/v) yeast extract, 2% (w/v) Bacto peptone and 2% (w/v) glucose. Selection of transformants was done with 100 μg/ml geneticin. Selection for amino acid prototrophy was performed in minimal media containing complete supplement mixture without the amino acid under study, 0.17% (w/v) yeast nitrogen base without amino acids and ammonium sulphate, 0.5% (w/v) ammonium sulphate and 2% (w/v) glucose (pH 5.5). For solid plates, 1.5% (w/v) Bacto agar was added and the pH was adjusted to 6.5.
 E. coli cells (TOP10; genotype F-- mcrA Δ(mrr-hsdRMS-mcrBC) φ80lacZΔM15 ΔlacX74 recA1 araD139 Δ(ara leu) 7697 galU galK rpsL (StrR) endA1 nupG) were grown at 37° C. in luria broth (LB) medium containing 0.5% (w/v) yeast extract, 1% (w/v) Bacto tryptone and 1% (w/v) sodium chloride (pH 7.5). For solid plates, 1.5% (w/v) Bacto agar was added and the pH was adjusted to 6.5. Selection of transformants was done with 100 μg/ml ampicilin.
 The yeast strains BY4741 (MATa his3Δ1 leu2Δ0 met15Δ0 ura3Δ0), BY4742 (MATa his3Δ1 leu2Δ0 lys2Δ0 ura3Δ0) and S288c (MATa) have been described by Brachmann et al., (1998). VR1 is a natural isolate and former production strain in Brazilian bio-ethanol with sugar cane (Fermentec, Piracicaba, Brazil). VR1-5B is a haploid (MATα) segregant of VR1, with similarly high ethanol resistance. Ethanol Red is a commercial bio-ethanol productions strain (Lesaffre)
 ES2 and PE2 are bioethanol productions strains from AB Mauri (Australia) and Fermentec (Brazil), respectively. GS1.11-26 is a xylose fermenting derivative of the Ethanol Red strain.
 General Molecular Biology Methods
 Genomic DNA was extracted from yeast according to Hoffman and Winston (1987). When required, additional purification was performed by ethanol precipitation. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed with Accuprime (Invitrogen) for cloning and sequencing purposes and with ExTaq (TAKARA) for diagnostic purposes. Yeast was transformed with the LiAc/PEG method (Gietz et al., 1995). Cloning was performed by standard techniques. Dephosphorylation was performed with rAPid Alkaline Phosphatase (Roche) and ligation with T4 DNA ligase (Roche). E. coli was transformed with the CaCl2 method (Sambrooke et al., 1989) and plasmid DNA isolated according to Del Sal et al., (1988).
 Plasmid YCplac111 was described by Gietz and Sugino (1988). YCplac111(MKT1-BY) and YCplac111(MKT1-VR) are the YCplac111 derivatives carrying the MKT1 gene from BY4741 and VR-5B, respectively, pFA6-kanMX4 was described by Wach et al., (1994)
 Mating, Sporulation and Tetrad Analysis
 Mating, sporulation and tetrad analysis were performed by standard procedures (Sherman and Hocks, 1991). The mating type of the segregants was determined by diagnostic PCR for the MAT locus (Huxley et al., 1990).
 Ethanol Tolerance Test
 Strains were inoculated in YPD and grown at 30° C. for 3 days till stationary phase. Cultures were diluted to an OD600 of 0.5 and 5 μl of a twofold (100 till 8.10-3) or tenfold (100 till 10-3) dilution range was spotted on YPD and YP with different concentrations of ethanol. Growth was scored after one day for control YPD plates and 9 to 11 days for plates with ethanol. All spot tests were repeated at least twice starting from independent cultures.
 High Gravity Fermentations
 Small scale fermentation was performed in 100 ml YP±35% (w/v) glucose. Strains were first pre-grown in 5 ml YPD medium for about 24 hours at 30° C. The pre-culture was then transferred to 60 ml YPD medium at an initial OD600 of 1. After the cells were allowed to grow to stationary phase, they were harvested by centrifugation at 3000 rpm at 4° C. for 3 minutes, and the pellet was inoculated into 100 ml fermentation medium. For stirring fermentation, continuous stirring was applied at 120 rpm. For static fermentation, the cells were agitated only for the first 4 hours. The glucose leftover was calculated from the weight loss measurement resulted from CO2 evolution. Samples were taken at the end of the fermentation and analyzed for the glucose leftover, produced ethanol and glycerol by HPLC.
 Genotyping of SNP Markers by PCR
 For each SNP marker, two primers were constructed that differed only at their 3' terminal end nucleotide. In particular, one primer contained the VR1-5B nucleotide, while the other primer contained the BY4741 nucleotide. Both primers were always applied in separate PCR reactions with a common indirect primer. The two primer pairs were investigated for their ability to specifically amplify the VR1-5B or BY4741 sequence by performing four PCR reactions at different hybridization temperatures that differed in the combination of DNA and primer pairs. The combinations were: (1) DNA from BY4741 with primer pair for BY4741, (2) DNA from BY4741 with primer pair for VR1-5B, (3) DNA from VR1-5B with primer pair for BY4741 and (4) DNA from VR1-5B with primer pair for VR1-5B. The PCR reactions were performed at hybridization temperatures from 58° C. till 66° C. (2° C. increments). The hybridization temperature at which the VR1-5B and BY4741 sequences were specifically amplified was subsequently applied to genotype the SNP marker in individual highly ethanol tolerant segregants. Each SNP marker check included VR1-5B and BY4741 as controls.
 Real-Time PCR
 For measurement of APJ1 expression, samples were taken from early exponential-phase grown cells of BY4741 and VR1-5Ba. Pellets were frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at -80° C. RNA extraction was performed using the phenol chloroform method. cDNA was prepared following the instructions of the GOSCRIPT® Reverse Transcription System kit (Promega). Relative quantification of APJ1 and 18S was performed using a StepOnePlus Real-time PCR system (Applied Biosystems), primers: Fw APJ1 (TGATGGGCACGGTGGTCTA) (SEQ ID NO:5), Rv APJ1 (TTGAATACCTTGCCCTTT GCA) (SEQ ID NO:6), Fw 18S (CACTTCTTAGAGGGACTATCGGTTTC) (SEQ ID NO:7) and Rv 18S (CAGAAC GTCTAAGGGCATCACA) (SEQ ID NO:8).
 Preparation of DNA Samples for Whole-Genome Sequencing
 The two parent strains VR1-5B and BY4741 and all segregants with high ethanol tolerance were grown individually in 50 ml YPD at 30° C. for 3 days. Exactly 10 ml of each culture was filtered, after which the cells were dried in the microwave and weighed to establish the relationship between optical density and dry weight. The remaining culture volumes were stored at -80° C. The two pools of segregants were constructed by combining equal amounts of cells from the stored cultures based on dry weight. The genomic DNA from the parent strains and the pools was extracted according to Johnston (1994). At least 3 μg of each DNA sample was provided to GATC Biotech AG (Konstanz, Germany) for sequencing.
 Reciprocal Hemizygosity Analysis
 All deletions for reciprocal hemizygosity analysis were made in the haploid backgrounds. The BY4741 deletion strains were obtained from the deletion strain collection (Giaever et al., 2002). The deletions in the VR1-5B background were made using the same primers and strategy as the International Deletion Consortium (Giaever et al., 2002; Winzeler et al., 1999). The transformants were selected on geneticin plates and verified by PCR with several combinations of internal and external primers. The haploid strains were subsequently crossed to construct the diploid hybrid strains. The presence of both the wild type and deletion allele of the gene in the diploid hybrids was verified by PCR. The reciprocal hemizygosity analysis was performed twice starting from independent PCR amplifications and transformations.
 Statistical Analysis
 For every chromosome, the quantified frequencies of the detected SNPs were considered to be binomially distributed. The underlying structure in the SNP scatterplot of a given chromosome (FIG. 2) was identified by fitting smoothing splines in the generalized linear mixed model framework 48. The number of knots of the spline was chosen such that they are spaced at approximately 40 kb intervals. Simultaneous confidence bands 48 for the fitted smoother were constructed and allowed identification of regions that are significantly different from a baseline, i.e., a SNP frequency of 50%. For chromosome II and XV, the data from both pools of segregants (16% and 17% ethanol) were simultaneously modeled with generalized additive mixed models with a smoother for the mean trend (FIG. 2B) and for the difference between both pools. For graphical representation we have chosen to represent the resulting fit for each pool and their simultaneous confidence bands. The difference in SNP frequency between the two pools is certainly significant when the simultaneous confidence bands do not overlap.
Characterization of Parent Strains with High and Low Ethanol Tolerance
 A segregant called VR1-5B was isolated from the Brazilian bioethanol production strain VR1 that displayed similarly high ethanol tolerance as the parent strain. Ethanol tolerance was thereby defined as growth on solid YP plates with ethanol as the sole carbon source. Because high ethanol tolerance is only relevant towards the end of yeast fermentation when the sugar level has dropped to low values, ethanol tolerance was determined in the absence of any other sugar or carbon source. The VR1 parent strain could grow in medium containing up to 16% ethanol, while the VR1-5B segregant showed growth in medium containing up to 18% ethanol (FIG. 1). Both strains were clearly more ethanol tolerant than the control haploid BY4741 and diploid BY laboratory strains, which could grow only slightly in medium with 14% ethanol (FIG. 1). The diploid VR1-5B/BY4741 strain displayed similarly high ethanol tolerance to the VR1 parent strain, indicating that the high ethanol tolerance in this strain is a dominant property (FIG. 1).
Pooled-Segregant Whole Genome Sequence Analysis
 From the cross between VR1-5B and BY4741, we obtained 5974 segregants that were phenotyped for ethanol tolerance by scoring growth on YP with different concentrations of ethanol. The segregants with extreme phenotypes were subsequently classified in two pools. The first pool contained 136 segregants with a tolerance to at least 16% ethanol (Pool 1) and the second pool contained 31 segregants from the first pool with a tolerance to at least 17% ethanol (Pool 2). All segregants were individually grown up till stationary phase, after which equal amounts of cells based on dry weight were combined to obtain Pool 1 and Pool 2. The genomic DNA from both pools and the parent strains was extracted and submitted to custom sequence analysis using Illumina HiSeq 2000 technology (GATC Biotech AG, Konstanz, Germany). The sequencing was performed at 40 times or greater coverage and generated paired-end short reads of about 100 bp allowing a highly precise alignment of the reads. The VR1-5B and BY4741 sequences were aligned to the reference S288c genome sequence 20 and SNPs between VR1-5B and BY4741 with a coverage of more than 20 times and a ratio of at least 80% were selected. Subsequently, the sequence of the pool was aligned to the BY4741 sequence and the nucleotide frequency of each SNP was plotted against its chromosomal position. The SNP nucleotide frequency curve obtained by whole-genome sequencing of DNA extracted from Pool 1 (16% ethanol) fluctuated around 50% in most areas in the genome (FIG. 2A).
 On the other hand, three loci showed a strong deviation from 50% inheritance, containing SNPs with a frequency of less than 20% or higher than 80% in the center of the locus. The loci were located on chromosomes V, X and XIV. The significance of the deviation in SNP nucleotide frequency could be confirmed by scoring a single SNP from the center of each locus in at least 96 individual highly ethanol tolerant segregants by PCR (Table 1). The QTLs on chromosome V (QTL1) and chromosome XIV (QTL3) showed the strongest link, with respectively 92.8% and 94.1% of the highly ethanol tolerant segregants harbouring the nucleotide from VR1-5B. The locus on chromosome X (QTL2) showed a much weaker link, with only 72.9% of the segregants showing VR1-5B inheritance. Scoring the same SNPs in an unselected pool of at least 80 segregants resulted in an association percentage of 50.0%, which is consistent with random segregation of the QTLs in an unselected pool of segregants. The joint effect of the three QTLs on high ethanol tolerance was examined by determining the appearance of each of the eight combinations in 85 highly ethanol tolerant segregants (Table 2). The combination between the VR1-5B-derived alleles from QTL1 and QTL3 was most prevalent in the segregants. Taken together, 88.2% of the highly ethanol tolerant segregants carried the VR1-5B-derived alleles from QTL1 and QTL3, indicating that inheriting both alleles is strongly advantageous for high ethanol tolerance. These results revealed that the VR1-5B-derived alleles from QTL1 and QTL3 are the major contributors to the high ethanol tolerance phenotype and that QTL2 is less important. The three identified QTLs were confirmed by whole-genome sequence analysis of DNA extracted from Pool 2 (17% ethanol) (FIG. 3). These data also revealed significant deviations from 50% inheritance at several other loci, which appear to represent minor loci determining high ethanol tolerance (FIG. 4). For example, a locus on chromosome II and on chromosome XV did not show a clear deviation from random segregation in the pool of segregants tolerant to 16% ethanol, whereas a clear deviation was observed in the pool of segregants tolerant to 17% ethanol (FIG. 2B). The boundaries of the two major loci (QTL1 and QTL3) identified in both pools by pooled-segregant whole genome sequence analysis were determined by scoring selected SNP markers in the region of the locus for at least 68 individual segregants that composed Pool 1 (16% ethanol) by PCR. We calculated the P value for each SNP using an exact binomial test with a confidence level of 95% and correction for multiple testing by a false discovery rate (FDR) control according to Benjamini-Yekutieli (2005). The P values were plotted over the length of the chromosome for each identified locus (FIG. 5).
Genetic Dissection of QTL3 Reveals Two Positive and One Negative Genetic Element
 The 370 kb QTL3 was fine-mapped using selected SNPs to reduce the size of the interval to a practical number of candidate genes for further functional analysis. The P values for eight SNP markers (S67, S67-1, S67-2, S68, S68-1, S68-2, S68-3, S69) defined a smaller locus of 16 kb between markers S68 and S68-2, which had the strongest link (FIG. 6A). The locus contained ten annotated genes (FIG. 6B). Sanger sequence analysis of this region was performed to detect all nucleotide polymorphisms between VR1-5B and BY4741 (FIG. 6B). We observed that VR1-5B and BY4741 were highly divergent with a polymorphism on average every 167 bp. All genes except TPM1 had at least one polymorphism in their ORF, being silent mutations for the genes APJ1 and SWS2 and missense mutations in the other seven genes. In addition, all genes had at least one polymorphism in their putative promotor and/or terminator. Given the difficulty to predict the effect of both coding and non-coding polymorphisms on phenotypes (Tabor et al., 2002), the sequence data could not be used to exclude genes from further functional analysis. Reciprocal hemizygosity analysis (RHA) was applied to identify the causative genes in the locus. RHA allows analyzing whether the two parental alleles have a different contribution to the phenotype in an otherwise uniform genetic background (Steinmetz et al., 2002). For nine genes, two heterozygous strains were constructed in the VR1-5B/BY4741 hybrid background that only differed genetically in the candidate gene, i.e., they carried either one copy of the VR1-5B or the BY4741 allele while the other copy of the gene was deleted (FIG. 6C). Comparing the ethanol tolerance of each pair of heterozygous strains revealed a difference in the phenotypic contribution between the parental alleles of MKT1, SWS2 and APJ1 (FIG. 6D). The presence of the VR1-5B allele of the MKT1 and APJ1 gene resulted in higher ethanol tolerance compared to the BY4741 allele. For SWS2 the opposite was true, as the BY4741 allele was advantageous over the VR1-5B allele. One potential complication with RHA is that the hybrid diploid background used in the assay is different from the haploid segregants background used in the QTL mapping experiment. For this reason, we determined the deletion phenotypes of MKT1, SWS2 and APJ1 in the VR1-5B and BY4741 haploid strains. In the BY4741 background (which has a much lower ethanol tolerance), the MKT1Δ strain showed only a minor growth reduction while the APJ1Δ strain grew equally well as the wild type strain on 10% ethanol (FIG. 7A). Similar results were obtained on 12%, 14%, 15% and 16% ethanol (FIG. 7A). In contrast, deletion of SWS2 resulted in complete loss of growth on all ethanol levels (FIG. 7A). These results are in agreement with those of the screening of the BY deletion strain collection that only observed an ethanol sensitive growth phenotype for the sws2Δ strain. In the VR1-5B background (which has a much higher ethanol tolerance), deletion of SWS2 but also of MKT1, caused a severe growth defect on 10%, 12%, 14%, 15%, 16%, 17%, 18% and 19% ethanol (FIG. 7B). Interestingly, deletion of APJ1 had no effect for growth on 10% ethanol, but caused a clear growth improvement on 12%, 14%, 15% and 16% ethanol (FIG. 7A). Similar results were obtained for deletion of APJ1 in the VR1-5B background, but the positive effect on the higher ethanol levels was smaller than in the BY4741 background (FIG. 7B). The improvement of ethanol tolerance by deletion of APJ1 indicates that the APJ1 gene product negatively affects ethanol tolerance. When this is combined with the result of the RHA analysis, it suggests that the beneficial effect on ethanol tolerance of the APJ1-VR allele is due to lower expression compared to that of the APJ1-BY allele. The relevance of MKT1 for high ethanol tolerance was confirmed by expressing both parental alleles in BY4741 and in segregants from VR1-5B/BY4741 that hold the BY4741-derived allele of MKT1. Expression of MKT1-VR in contrast to MKT1-BY resulted in higher ethanol tolerance in BY4741 and two out of the three segregants (FIG. 7C). This confirmed the result from RHA suggesting that MKT1-VR is advantageous for high ethanol tolerance. On the other hand, as we did not observe an effect in all segregants, it seems that MKT1 alone is not sufficient to enhance ethanol tolerance. Comparing ethanol tolerance in the strains BY4741 and BY4741mkt1Δ confirmed that MKT1-BY is a loss-of-function allele, since no difference in ethanol tolerance was observed (FIG. 7C). In contrast, deletion of MKT1 in VR1-5B lowered ethanol tolerance (FIG. 7C), which confirms that a loss-of function mutation in MKT1 decreases ethanol tolerance.
 Also the single and double deletion of ARJ1 in diploid strains improved ethanol tolerance. This was observed with the diploid VR1-B/VR1-B single and double APJ1 deletion strains and with the diploid BY4741/BY4741 double APJ1 deletion strain (FIG. 8).
 The role of APJ1 is further confirmed by analysis of APJ1 expression in BY4741 and VR1-5B, using real time PCR (FIG. 9). VR1-5B shows a lower APJ1 expression and a higher ethanol resistance, supporting the idea that a high APJ1 expression is negative for ethanol tolerance.
Deletion of APJ1 Improves Ethanol Tolerance in Industrial Yeast Strains
 Single and double APJ1 deletion mutants were made from the diploid industrial yeast strains Ethanol red (ER), ES2 and PE2. The ethanol tolerance of the parental strains and of the single and double deletion mutants was scored by growth on YP plates with increasing ethanol concentration (10 days incubation, 12%, 14%, and 16% ethanol). Growth on YPD after 1 day incubation was used as control. The results are shown in FIG. 10. No difference in growth could be noticed for the control; all double mutants scored clearly better in ethanol tolerance.
 The ethanol tolerance inducing effect of the APJ1 deletion was further confirmed in high gravity fermentation. Both APJ1 alleles were deleted in the xylose utilizing ER derivative GS1.11-26 strain. The resulting double deletion strain was used in static and stirred high gravity fermentation in a YP medium comprising 35% glucose. The results are summarized in FIG. 11. The double mutants were faster fermenting both in static and in stirred conditions. No clear difference in final ethanol production and glucose consumption could be seen in stirred conditions, but the double deletion mutant performed clearly better (higher ethanol production and glucose consumption at the end of the fermentation).
TABLE-US-00001 TABLE 1 Statistical confirmation of the significance of the three identified QTLs. Name Position of SNP Number SNP frequency P value QTL1 chr V; 122,599 125 92.8% <<1.0E-09 QTL2 chr X; 659,775 96 72.9% .sup. 8.1E-06 QTL3 chr XIV; 468,914 101 94.1% <<1.0E-09 An SNP in the middle of each QTL was scored in at least 96 individual highly ethanol tolerant segregants by PCR using specific primers for the two alleles. The P values were calculated with a confidence level of 95%.
TABLE-US-00002 TABLE 2 Appearance of each QTL combination in highly ethanol tolerant segregants. Combination Frequency Frequency (%) qtl1 qtl2 qtl3 0/85 0.0% qtl1 qtl2 QTL3 0/85 0.0% qtl1 QTL2 qtl3 0/85 0.0% QTL1 qtl2 qtl3 1/85 1.2% qtl1 QTL2 QTL3 6/85 7.1% QTL1 QTL2 qtl3 3/85 3.5% QTL1 qtl2 QTL3 25/85 29.4% QTL1 QTL2 QTL3 50/85 58.8% The origin (VR1-5B or BY) of a QTL in each of 85 highly ethanol tolerant segregants was derived from the genotype of an SNP marker in the middle of the QTL. The QTLs originating from BY are represented by small letters, while the QTLs originating from VR1-5B are represented by bold capital letters.
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Thr Leu 290 295 300 Gln Asn Asp Ser Lys Glu Asn Ile Gln Asn Tyr Gln Arg Gly Ile Ser 305 310 315 320 Ala Leu Arg Tyr Met Pro Val Leu Lys Asp Thr Gly Lys Val Glu Leu 325 330 335 Phe Val Gln Glu Ile Val Val Ser Glu Glu Asp Ser Glu Lys Asn Asn 340 345 350 Lys Asp Gly Lys Lys Ser Asn Leu Ser Ser Pro Ser Ser Ala Ser Ser 355 360 365 Ser Ala Ser Pro Ala Thr Thr Val Thr Lys Asn Ala Ser Glu Lys Leu 370 375 380 Thr Tyr Glu Lys Ser Ser Thr Lys Glu Val Arg Lys Pro Arg Asp Ile 385 390 395 400 Pro Asn Asp Val His Asp Phe Ile Gly Gln Met Leu Pro His Glu Tyr 405 410 415 Tyr Phe Tyr Arg Ser Ile Gly Leu Val Thr Gly Lys Leu Phe Asp Ala 420 425 430 Ile Val Thr Gly Val Tyr Pro Glu Glu Pro Pro Leu Gly Gly Gly Ser 435 440 445 Ser Thr Ser Tyr Lys Lys Leu Val Ser Lys Ser Val Glu Ile Phe Lys 450 455 460 Asn Lys Glu Ile Asn Leu Leu Thr Gln Pro Ile Asn Arg Tyr Tyr Gln 465 470 475 480 Ile Lys Gln Ile Lys Gln Val Lys Trp Tyr Ala Ala Asn Glu Pro Thr 485 490 495 Thr Leu Thr Asn Arg Met Ser Pro Ser Met Phe Glu Thr Ile 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Leu 705 710 715 720 Asp Asn Phe Gly Trp Ala Arg Lys Ile Val Arg Tyr Leu Pro Phe Lys 725 730 735 Leu Asp Ser Pro Asn Thr Ile Met Ala Met Met Trp Glu Phe Phe Leu 740 745 750 Gln Lys Tyr Leu His Asn Gly Asn Ala Lys Asn Asp Ala Leu Ser Leu 755 760 765 Val Ala Thr Glu Phe Asn Thr Tyr Lys Ser Thr Pro Asn Leu Asp Glu 770 775 780 Gln Phe Val Glu Ser His Arg Phe Leu Leu Glu Ile Ser Lys Val Met 785 790 795 800 Gln Glu Leu Asn Ala Ala Lys Leu Ile Asp Glu Asn Val Phe Lys Leu 805 810 815 Phe Thr Lys Ala Val Glu Phe Thr Thr Thr Ala Leu Ser Ser 820 825 830 4143PRTSaccharomyces cerevisiae 4Met Val Val His Ile Leu Gly Lys Gly Phe Lys Gly Lys Glu Val Ile 1 5 10 15 Lys Ile Ala Leu Ala Ser Lys Phe Tyr Gly Ile Gly Lys Thr Thr Ala 20 25 30 Glu Lys Ile Cys Ser Lys Leu Gly Phe Tyr Pro Trp Met Arg Met His 35 40 45 Gln Leu Ser Glu Pro Gln Ile Met Ser Ile Ala Ser Glu Leu Ser Thr 50 55 60 Met Thr Ile Glu Gly Asp Ala Arg Ala Ile Val Lys Asp Asn Ile Ala 65 70 75 80 Leu Lys Arg Lys Ile Gly Ser Tyr Ser Gly Met Arg His Thr Leu His 85 90 95 Leu Pro Val Arg
Gly Gln His Thr Arg Asn Asn Ala Lys Thr Ala Arg 100 105 110 Lys Leu Asn Lys Ile Asp Arg Arg Gly Ile His Thr Phe Ser Gln Ala 115 120 125 Lys Val Gln His Asn Pro Ser Leu Trp Ser Cys Ile Phe Gly Lys 130 135 140 519DNAArtificial SequencePrimer 5tgatgggcac ggtggtcta 19621DNAArtificial SequencePrimer 6ttgaatacct tgccctttgc a 21726DNAArtificial SequencePrimer 7cacttcttag agggactatc ggtttc 26822DNAArtificial SequencePrimer 8cagaacgtct aagggcatca ca 22