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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2005 Apr;67(1):97-105. Epub 2004 Oct 23.

Production of 3-hydroxy-n-phenylalkanoic acids by a genetically engineered strain of Pseudomonas putida.

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  • 1Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de León, 24007 Leon, Spain.


Overexpression of the gene encoding the poly-3-hydroxy-n-phenylalkanoate (PHPhA) depolymerase (phaZ) in Pseudomonas putida U avoids the accumulation of these polymers as storage granules. In this recombinant strain, the 3-OH-acyl-CoA derivatives released from the different aliphatic or aromatic poly-3-hydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are catabolized through the beta-oxidation pathway and transformed into general metabolites (acetyl-CoA, succinyl-CoA, phenylacetyl-CoA) or into non-metabolizable end-products (cinnamoyl-CoA). Taking into account the biochemical, pharmaceutical and industrial interest of some PHA catabolites (i.e., 3-OH-PhAs), we designed a genetically engineered strain of P. putida U (P. putida U DeltafadBA-phaZ) that efficiently bioconverts (more than 80%) different n-phenylalkanoic acids into their 3-hydroxyderivatives and excretes these compounds into the culture broth.

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