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Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao. 2011 Dec;27(12):1765-72.

[Effect of mufti-gene knockout of L-tryptophan transport system on L-tryptophan production in Escherichia coli].

[Article in Chinese]

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State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China.


In Escherichia coli, uptake of L-tryptophan is done by three distinct permeases, encoded by mtr, tnaB, and aroP. Based on the mtr single-gene knockout, we constructed the mtr.tnaB and mtr.aroP double-gene knockout mutants and the mtr.tnaB.aroP triple-gene knockout mutant. The fermentation results showed that the mtr.tnaB and mtr.aroP knockout mutants produced 1.38 g/L and 1.27 g/L L-tryptophan, respectively, which was 17% and 9% higher than that of the mtr knockout mutant. However, the mtr.tnaB.aroP knockout mutant was significantly affected on cell growth and only produced 0.63 g/L L-tryptophan. During the fed-batch fermentation in a 3-L fermentor, the mtr.tnaB knockout mutant produced 12.2 g/L L-tryptophan, which was 27% higher than that of the mtr knockout mutant. This study demonstrates the effect of multi-gene knockouts of L-tryptophan transport system of Escherichia coli on the biosynthesis of L-tryptophan.

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