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1. (WO2007012078) METHIONINE PRODUCING RECOMBINANT MICROORGANISMS
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What is claimed is:
1. A recombinant microorganism comprising genetic alterations in each of at least five genes chosen from
hom/br, metX, metY, metB, metH, metE, metF and zwf, wherein the genetic alterations lead to overexpression of the at least five genes, thereby resulting in an increased methionine production by the microorganism relative to the methionine produced in absence of the genetic alterations in the at least five genes.

2. A recombinant microorganism comprising genetic alterations in each of at least eight genes chosen from
metX, metY, metB, metH, metE, metF and zwf wherein the genetic alterations lead to overexpression of the at least eight genes, thereby resulting in an increased methionine production by the microorganism relative to the methionine produced in absence of the genetic alterations in the at least eight genes.

3. A recombinant microorganism comprising a combination of:
(a) genetic alterations in each of at least five genes chosen from ask?1', homfbr, metX, metY, metB, metH, metE, metF and zwf, thereby resulting in
overexpression of each of the at least five genes; and
(b) genetic alterations in at least one gene chosen from mcbR, hsk, metQ, metK and pepCK, thereby resulting in decreased expression of the at least one gene; and
wherein the microorganism produces increased level of methionine relative to the methionine produced in absence of the combination.
4. A recombinant microorganism comprising a combination of:
(a) genetic alterations in each gene chosen from the group consisting of ask^r, honf"", metH and ask^r , homfl}r, metE, thereby resulting in overexpression of the each gene; and
(b) genetic alterations in each of mcbR and hsk, thereby resulting in decreased expression of mcbR and hsk,
wherein the microorganism produces increased level of methionine relative to the methionine produced in absence of the combination.
5. A recombinant microorganism comprising a combination of:
(a) genetic alterations in each of at least six genes chosen from the group consisting of ask^r, homibr, metX, metY, metF, metH, metE, and as^, hon^r, metX, metY, metF , metE, thereby resulting in overexpression of each of the at least six genes; and (b) genetic alterations in each of mcbR and hsk, thereby resulting in decreased expression of mcbR and hsk,
wherein the microorganism produces increased level of methionine relative to the methionine produced in absence of the combination.
6. A recombinant microorganism comprising a combination of:
(a) genetic alterations in each of at least six genes chosen from the group consisting
metX, metY, metF, metH, metE, thereby resulting in overexpression of each of the at least six genes;
(b) genetic alterations in each of mcbR and hsk, thereby resulting in decreased expression of mcbR and hsk; and
(c) an ethionine-resistant mutation;
wherein the microorganism produces at least 16 g/1 methionine under suitable conditions. \

7. A recombinant microorganism comprising genetic alterations in each of at least eight genes chosen from ask, horn, metX, metY, metB, metH, metE, metF, metC, zwf, frpA, pyc, asd, cysE, cysK, cysM, cysZ, cysC, cysG, cysN, cysD, cysH, cysJ, cysA, cysl, and cysX, wherein the genetic alterations lead to overexpression of the at least eight genes, thereby resulting in increased production of methionine by the microorganism relative to the methionine produced in absence of the genetic alterations.
8. A recombinant microorganism comprising a combination of:
(a) genetic alterations in each of at least five genes chosen from ask, horn, metX, metY, metB, metH, metE, metF, metC, zwf, wherein the genetic alterations lead to overexpression of the at least five gene; and
(b) genetic alterations in each of at least six genes chosen from cysM, cysA, cysZ, cysC, cysG, cysJ, cysE, cysK, cysN, cysD, cysH, cysl, and cysX, wherein the genetic alterations lead to overexpression of the at least six genes ,
thereby resulting in an increased production of methionine by the microorganism relative to the methionine produced in absence of the combination.
9. A recombinant microorganism comprising a combination of:
(a) genetic alteration in each of at least five genes chosen from ask/br, homfbr, metX, metY, metB, metH, metE, metF and zwf, wherein the genetic alterations lead to overexpression of the at least five genes, (b) genetic alterations in at least one gene chosen from rncbR, hsk, metQ, metK sndpepCK, thereby resulting in decreased expression of the at least one gene;
wherein the combination results in a methionine production of at least 8 g/1 in under suitable conditions.
10. The recombinant microorganism of any one of claims 1 to 9,
wherein the microorganism is Gram positive.
11. The recombinant microorganism of any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the microorganism is Gram negative.
12. The recombinant microorganism of any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the microorganism is a microorganism belonging to a genus chosen from Bacillus,
Corny ebacterium, Lactobacillus, Lactococci and Streptomyces.
13. The recombinant microorganism of any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the microorganism belongs to genus Corynebacterium.
14. The recombinant microorganism of claims 13, wherein the
microorganism is Corynebacterium glutamicum.
15. A recombinant microorganism chosen from strains M2014, Ml 119, M1494, M1990, OM41, OM224, OM89, OM99, OM99(H357), OM403, OM418, OM419, OM428, OM429, OM448, OM456, OM464, OM469, OM465, and OM508 or derivatives thereof set forth in claims 1-9.
16. A recombinant microorganism as deposited under DSMZ Accession No. DSM17322.
17. A recombinant microorganism comprising deregulation of at least five proteins chosen from: Aspartate kinase, Homoserine Dehydrogenase, Homoserine Acetyltransferase, Homoserine Succinyltransferase, Cystathionine γ-synthase,
Cystathionine β-lyase, 0-Acetylhomoserine sulfhydralase, 0-Succinylhomoserine sulfhydralase, Vitamin B12-dependent methionine synthase, Vitamin B12-independent methionine synthase, N5,10-methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase, Sulfate
adenylyltransferase subunit 1, Sulfate adenylyltransferase subunit 2, APS kinase, APS reductase, Phosphoadenosine phosphosulfate reductase, NADP-ferredoxin reductase, Sulfite reductase subunit 1, Sulfite reductase subunit 2, Sulfate transporter, Serine O-acetyltransferase, O-acetyl serine (thiol)-lyase A, Uroporphyrinogen III synthase, Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, Pyruvate carboxylase, and Aspartate semialdehyde dehydrogenase, wherein the deregulation comprises overexpression of the at least five proteins, thereby resulting in production of methionine in an amount of at least 8 g/1 under suitable conditions.
18. A method of producing methionine comprising culturing a recombinant microorganism of any of claims 1-5 under conditions such that methionine is produced in an amount of at least 8 g/1.
19. A method of producing methionine comprising:
(a) culturing a Cornynebacterium strain comprising genetic alterations in each of at least eight genes chosen from ask, horn, metX, metY, metB, metC, metH, metE, metF, metK, UvA, metQ,fprA, asd, cysD, cysN, cysC,pyc, cysH, cysl, cysY, cysX, cysZ, cysE, cysK, cysG, zwf, hsk, mcbR and pepCK under conditions such that methionine is produced; and
(b) recovering the methionine.
20. The method of claim 19, wherein the Corynebacterium strain is derived from Corynebacterium glutamicum.
21. The method of claim 19, wherein methionine is produced in an amount of at least 16 g per liter of culture.
22. The method of claim 19, wherein methionine is produced in an amount of at least 25 g/1 of culture.