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Syst Appl Microbiol. 2009 Oct;32(7):449-59. doi: 10.1016/j.syapm.2009.07.005. Epub 2009 Aug 11.

Isolation of a new butanol-producing Clostridium strain: high level of hemicellulosic activity and structure of solventogenesis genes of a new Clostridium saccharobutylicum isolate.

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State Research Institute of Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms, 1st Dorojniy pr. 1, 117545 Moscow, Russian Federation.


New isolates of solventogenic bacteria exhibited high hemicellulolytic activity. They produced butanol and acetone with high selectivity for butanol (about 80% of butanol from the total solvent yield). Their 16S rDNA sequence was 99% identical to that of Clostridium saccharobutylicum. The genes responsible for the last steps of solventogenesis and encoding crotonase, butyryl-CoA dehydrogenase, electron-transport protein subunits A and B, 3-hydroxybutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase, alcohol dehydrogenase, CoA-transferase (subunits A and B), acetoacetate decarboxylase, and aldehyde dehydrogenase were identified in the new C. saccharobutylicum strain Ox29 and cloned into Escherichia coli. The genes for crotonase, butyryl-CoA dehydrogenase, electron-transport protein subunits A and B, and 3-hydroxybutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase composed the bcs-operon. A monocistronic operon containing the alcohol dehydrogenase gene was located downstream of the bcs-operon. Genes for aldehyde dehydrogenase, CoA-transferase (subunits A and B), and acetoacetate decarboxylase composed the sol-operon. The gene sequences and the gene order within the sol- and bcs-operons of C. saccharobutylicum Ox29 were most similar to those of Clostridium beijerinckii. The activity of some of the bcs-operon genes, expressed in heterologous E. coli, was determined.

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