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Metabolic Engineering

Han Zhao, Haoqian M Zhang, Xiangbin Chen, Teng Li, Qiong Wu, Qi Ouyang, Guo-Qiang Chen
To engineer non-model organisms, suitable genetic parts must be available. However, biological parts are often host strain sensitive. It is therefore necessary to develop genetic parts that are functional regardless of host strains. Here we report several novel phage-derived expression systems used for transcriptional control in non-model bacteria. Novel T7-like RNA polymerase-promoter pairs were obtained by mining phage genomes, followed by in vivo characterization in non-model strains Halomonas spp TD01 and Pseudomonas entomophila...
November 24, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Zhiguang Zhu, Y-H Percival Zhang
The direct generation of electricity from the most abundant renewable sugar, glucose, is an appealing alternative to the production of liquid biofuels and biohydrogen. However, enzyme-catalyzed bioelectricity generation from glucose suffers from low yields due to the incomplete oxidation of the six-carbon compound glucose via one or few enzymes. Here, we demonstrate a synthetic ATP- and CoA-free 12-enzyme pathway to implement the complete oxidation of glucose in vitro. This pathway is comprised of glucose phosphorylation via polyphosphate glucokinase, NADH generation catalyzed by glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) and 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase, electron transfer from NADH to the anode, and glucose 6-phosphate regeneration via the non-oxidative pentose phosphate pathway and gluconeogenesis...
November 22, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Lei Jiang, Adam Boufersaoui, Chendong Yang, Bookyung Ko, Dinesh Rakheja, Gerardo Guevara, Zeping Hu, Ralph J DeBerardinis
The mitochondrial citrate transport protein (CTP), encoded by SLC25A1, accommodates bidirectional trafficking of citrate between the mitochondria and cytosol, supporting lipid biosynthesis and redox homeostasis. Genetic CTP deficiency causes a fatal neurodevelopmental syndrome associated with the accumulation of L- and D-2-hydroxyglutaric acid, and elevated CTP expression is associated with poor prognosis in several types of cancer, emphasizing the importance of this transporter in multiple human pathologies...
November 14, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Doriane Lorendeau, Gianmarco Rinaldi, Ruben Boon, Pieter Spincemaille, Kristine Metzger, Christian Jäger, Stefan Christen, Xiangyi Dong, Sabine Kuenen, Karin Voordeckers, Patrik Verstreken, David Cassiman, Pieter Vermeersch, Catherine Verfaillie, Karsten Hiller, Sarah-Maria Fendt
Mutations in succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) are associated with tumor development and neurodegenerative diseases. Only in tumors, loss of SDH activity is accompanied with the loss of complex I activity. Yet, it remains unknown whether the metabolic phenotype of SDH mutant tumors is driven by loss of complex I function, and whether this contributes to the peculiarity of tumor development versus neurodegeneration. We addressed this question by decoupling loss of SDH and complex I activity in cancer cells and neurons...
November 12, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
A Kiparissides, V Hatzimanikatis
The increasing availability of large metabolomics datasets enhances the need for computational methodologies that can organize the data in a way that can lead to the inference of meaningful relationships. Knowledge of the metabolic state of a cell and how it responds to various stimuli and extracellular conditions can offer significant insight in the regulatory functions and how to manipulate them. Constraint based methods, such as Flux Balance Analysis (FBA) and Thermodynamics-based flux analysis (TFA), are commonly used to estimate the flow of metabolites through genome-wide metabolic networks, making it possible to identify the ranges of flux values that are consistent with the studied physiological and thermodynamic conditions...
November 11, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Jacqueline E Gonzalez, Christopher P Long, Maciek R Antoniewicz
Glucose and xylose are the two most abundant sugars derived from the breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass. While aerobic glucose metabolism is relatively well understood in E. coli, until now there have been only a handful of studies focused on anaerobic glucose metabolism and no (13)C-flux studies on xylose metabolism. In the absence of experimentally validated flux maps, constraint-based approaches such as MOMA and RELATCH cannot be used to guide new metabolic engineering designs. In this work, we have addressed this critical gap in current understanding by performing comprehensive characterizations of glucose and xylose metabolism under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, using recent state-of-the-art techniques in (13)C metabolic flux analysis ((13)C-MFA)...
November 11, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Avlant Nilsson, Jens Nielsen
Cancer cells reprogram metabolism to support rapid proliferation and survival. Energy metabolism is particularly important for growth and genes encoding enzymes involved in energy metabolism are frequently altered in cancer cells. A genome scale metabolic model (GEM) is a mathematical formalization of metabolism which allows simulation and hypotheses testing of metabolic strategies. It has successfully been applied to many microorganisms and is now used to study cancer metabolism. Generic models of human metabolism have been reconstructed based on the existence of metabolic genes in the human genome...
November 4, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Yifei Wu, Xinxiao Sun, Yuheng Lin, Xiaolin Shen, Yaping Yang, Rachit Jain, Qipeng Yuan, Yajun Yan
In nature glucose is a common carbon and energy source for catabolic use and also a building unit of polysaccharides and glycosylated compounds. The presence of strong glucose catabolic pathways in microorganism rapidly decomposes glucose into smaller metabolites and challenges non-catabolic utilization of glucose as C6 building unit or precursor. To address this dilemma, we design a synergetic carbon utilization mechanism (SynCar), in which glucose catabolism is inactivated and a second carbon source (e.g...
November 3, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Zhenya Chen, Xinxiao Sun, Ye Li, Yajun Yan, Qipeng Yuan
Monolignols are important plant metabolites involved in lignin biosynthesis. Their derivatives exhibit various physiological and pharmaceutical functions. Here, efficient enzymes were selected to construct p-coumaryl alcohol biosynthetic pathway and the titer reached 501.8 ± 41.4mg/L under optimized conditions. The pathway was further extended to produce caffeyl alcohol and coniferyl alcohol by introducing a hydroxylase and methyltransferases. However, the promiscuity of the hydroxylase HpaBC led to the formation of an instable intermediate L-dopa from tyrosine, causing loss of the carbon sources...
November 2, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Eugene Fletcher, Amir Feizi, Markus M M Bisschops, Björn M Hallström, Sakda Khoomrung, Verena Siewers, Jens Nielsen
Tolerance of yeast to acid stress is important for many industrial processes including organic acid production. Therefore, elucidating the molecular basis of long term adaptation to acidic environments will be beneficial for engineering production strains to thrive under such harsh conditions. Previous studies using gene expression analysis have suggested that both organic and inorganic acids display similar responses during short term exposure to acidic conditions. However, biological mechanisms that will lead to long term adaptation of yeast to acidic conditions remains unknown and whether these mechanisms will be similar for tolerance to both organic and inorganic acids is yet to be explored...
November 1, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
W Brian Whitaker, J Andrew Jones, R Kyle Bennett, Jacqueline E Gonzalez, Victoria R Vernacchio, Shannon M Collins, Michael A Palmer, Samuel Schmidt, Maciek R Antoniewicz, Mattheos A Koffas, Eleftherios T Papoutsakis
Methanol is an attractive substrate for biological production of chemicals and fuels. Engineering methylotrophic Escherichia coli as a platform organism for converting methanol to metabolites is desirable. Prior efforts to engineer methylotrophic E. coli were limited by methanol dehydrogenases (Mdhs) with unfavorable enzyme kinetics. We engineered E. coli to utilize methanol using a superior NAD-dependent Mdh from Bacillus stearothermophilus and ribulose monophosphate (RuMP) pathway enzymes from B. methanolicus...
November 1, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Yu Wang, Fei Tao, Bo Xin, Hongyu Liu, Yanyan Gao, Ning-Yi Zhou, Ping Xu
The physiological roles of silent genes are still unsolved puzzles and their application potentials are unexplored. Herein, a silent glycerol catabolism pathway encoded by glp system was activated in a Klebsiella pneumoniae mutant, of which the acetoin degradation pathway was blocked. Surprisingly, the activation produced significant effects on cellular metabolism and over 90% of the carbon flux was redirected to acetoin biosynthesis, which was formerly a minor product in this mutant. Transcription analyses suggest that the genes involved in acetoin, 1,3-propanediol and adenosyl-cobalamin biosynthesis were differentially regulated upon the glp system activation, demonstrating the cross-talk between silent and active pathways...
November 1, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Michael Eichenberger, Beata Joanna Lehka, Christophe Folly, David Fischer, Stefan Martens, Ernesto Simón, Michael Naesby
Dihydrochalcones are plant secondary metabolites comprising molecules of significant commercial interest as antioxidants, antidiabetics, or sweeteners. To date, their heterologous biosynthesis in microorganisms has been achieved only by precursor feeding or as minor by-products in strains engineered for flavonoid production. Here, the native ScTSC13 was overexpressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to increase its side activity in reducing p-coumaroyl-CoA to p-dihydrocoumaroyl-CoA. De novo production of phloretin, the first committed dihydrochalcone, was achieved by co-expression of additional relevant pathway enzymes...
October 31, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Jing Liu, Yunfu Chen, Weiwei Wang, Min Ren, Panpan Wu, Yansheng Wang, Changrun Li, Lixin Zhang, Hang Wu, David T Weaver, Buchang Zhang
Leucine-responsive regulatory proteins (Lrps) are a group of transcriptional regulators that regulate diverse cellular processes in bacteria and archaea. However, the regulatory role of Lrps in antibiotic biosynthesis remains poorly understood. In this study, we show that SACE_5388, an Lrp family regulator named as SACE_Lrp, is an efficient regulator for transporting and catabolizing branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), playing an important role in regulating erythromycin production in Saccharopolyspora erythraea...
October 26, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Zhiqiang Wen, Nigel P Minton, Ying Zhang, Qi Li, Jinle Liu, Yu Jiang, Sheng Yang
The efficient fermentative production of solvents (acetone, n-butanol, and ethanol) from a lignocellulosic feedstock using a single process microorganism has yet to be demonstrated. Herein, we developed a consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) based on a twin-clostridial consortium composed of Clostridium cellulovorans and Clostridium beijerinckii capable of producing cellulosic butanol from alkali-extracted, deshelled corn cobs (AECC). To accomplish this a genetic system was developed for C. cellulovorans and used to knock out the genes encoding acetate kinase (Clocel_1892) and lactate dehydrogenase (Clocel_1533), and to overexpress the gene encoding butyrate kinase (Clocel_3674), thereby pulling carbon flux towards butyrate production...
October 26, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Andrew J Loder, Yejun Han, Aaron B Hawkins, Hong Lian, Gina L Lipscomb, Gerrit J Schut, Matthew W Keller, Michael W W Adams, Robert M Kelly
The 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate (3HP/4HB) cycle fixes CO2 in extremely thermoacidophilic archaea and holds promise for metabolic engineering because of its thermostability and potentially rapid pathway kinetics. A reaction kinetics model was developed to examine the biological and biotechnological attributes of the 3HP/4HB cycle as it operates in Metallosphaera sedula, based on previous information as well as on kinetic parameters determined here for recombinant versions of five of the cycle enzymes (malonyl-CoA/succinyl-CoA reductase, 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA synthetase, 3-hydroxypropionyl-CoA dehydratase, acryloyl-CoA reductase, and succinic semialdehyde reductase)...
October 19, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Elena Geiser, Sandra K Przybilla, Meike Engel, Wiebke Kleineberg, Linda Büttner, Eda Sarikaya, Tim den Hartog, Jürgen Klankermayer, Walter Leitner, Michael Bölker, Lars M Blank, Nick Wierckx
The Ustilaginaceae family of smut fungi, especially Ustilago maydis, gained biotechnological interest over the last years, amongst others due to its ability to naturally produce the versatile bio-based building block itaconate. Along with itaconate, U. maydis also produces 2-hydroxyparaconate. The latter was proposed to be derived from itaconate, but the underlying biochemistry and associated genes were thus far unknown. Here, we confirm that 2-hydroxyparaconate is a secondary metabolite of U. maydis and propose an extension of U...
October 14, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Mathias Klein, Martina Carrillo, Joeline Xiberras, Zia-Ul Islam, Steve Swinnen, Elke Nevoigt
One advantage of using glycerol as a carbon source for industrial bioprocesses is its higher degree of reduction compared to glucose. In order to exploit this reducing power for the production of reduced compounds thereby significantly increasing maximum theoretical yields, the electrons derived from glycerol oxidation must first be saved in the form of cytosolic NAD(P)H. However, the industrial platform organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae naturally uses a FAD-dependent pathway for glycerol catabolism transferring the electrons to the respiratory chain...
October 14, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Yemin Wang, Zhengsheng Tao, Hualiang Zheng, Fei Zhang, Qingshan Long, Zixin Deng, Meifeng Tao
Many high-value secondary metabolites are assembled by very large multifunctional polyketide synthases or non-ribosomal peptide synthetases encoded by giant genes, for instance, natamycin production in an industrial strain of Streptomyces gilvosporeus. In this study, a large operon reporter-based selection system has been developed using the selectable marker gene neo to report the expression both of the large polyketide synthase genes and of the entire gene cluster, thereby facilitating the selection of natamycin-overproducing mutants by iterative random mutagenesis breeding...
October 13, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Michael Vogt, Christian Brüsseler, Jan van Ooyen, Michael Bott, Jan Marienhagen
The pentanol isomers 2-methyl-1-butanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol represent commercially interesting alcohols due to their potential application as biofuels. For a sustainable microbial production of these compounds, Corynebacterium glutamicum was engineered for producing 2-methyl-1-butanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol via the Ehrlich pathway from 2-keto-3-methylvalerate and 2-ketoisocaproate, respectively. In addition to an already available 2-ketoisocaproate producer, a 2-keto-3-methylvalerate accumulating C. glutamicum strain was also constructed...
October 13, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
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