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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2007 Nov;77(2):367-73. Epub 2007 Sep 18.

Improving heterologous polyketide production in Escherichia coli by overexpression of an S-adenosylmethionine synthetase gene.

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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University, 4 Colby Street, Medford, MA 02155, USA.


An S-adenosylmethionine synthetase gene (metK) from Streptomyces spectabilis was cloned into an expression plasmid under the control of an inducible T7 promoter and introduced into a strain of Escherichia coli (BAP1(pBP130/pBP144)) capable of producing the polyketide product 6-deoxyerythronolide B (6-dEB). The metK coexpression in BAP1(pBP130/pBP144) improved the specific production of 6-dEB from 10.86 to 20.08 mg l(-1) OD(600)(-1). In an effort to probe the reason for this improvement, a series of gene deletion and expression experiments were conducted based on a metK metabolic pathway that branches between propionyl-CoA (a 6-dEB precursor) and autoinducer compounds. The deletion and expression studies suggested that the autoinducer pathway had a larger impact on improved 6-dEB biosynthesis. Supporting these results were experiments demonstrating the positive effect conditioned media (the suspected location of the autoinducer compounds) had on 6-dEB production. Taken together, the results of this study show an increase in heterologous 6-dEB production concomitant with heterologous metK gene expression and suggest that the mechanism for this improvement is linked to native autoinducer compounds.

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