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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1999 Oct 15;179(2):453-9.

Overproduction of L-cysteine and L-cystine by expression of genes for feedback inhibition-insensitive serine acetyltransferase from Arabidopsis thaliana in Escherichia coli.

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Department of Bioscience, Fukui Prefectural University, 4-1-1 Kenjojima, Matsuoka-cho, Fukui, Japan.


Two cDNAs encoding feedback inhibition-insensitive serine acetyltransferases of Arabidopsis thaliana were expressed in the chromosomal serine acetyltransferase-deficient and L-cysteine non-utilizing Escherichia coli strain JM39-8. The transformants produced 1600 to 1700 mg l(-1) of L-cysteine and L-cystine from glucose. The amount of these amino acids produced per cell was 30 to 60% higher than that of an E. coli strain carrying mutant serine acetyltransferase less sensitive to feedback inhibition.

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