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Enhanced lycopene Production in Escherichia coli by Expression of Two MEP Pathway Enzymes from Vibrio sp. dhg

Version 1 : Received: 28 October 2019 / Approved: 29 October 2019 / Online: 29 October 2019 (10:40:18 CET)

How to cite: Kim, M.J.; Noh, M.H.; Woo, S.; Lim, H.G.; Jung, G.Y. Enhanced lycopene Production in Escherichia coli by Expression of Two MEP Pathway Enzymes from Vibrio sp. dhg. Preprints 2019, 2019100333 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0333.v1). Kim, M.J.; Noh, M.H.; Woo, S.; Lim, H.G.; Jung, G.Y. Enhanced lycopene Production in Escherichia coli by Expression of Two MEP Pathway Enzymes from Vibrio sp. dhg. Preprints 2019, 2019100333 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0333.v1).

Abstract

Microbial production is a promising method that can overcome major limitations in conventional methods of lycopene production, such as low yields and variations in product quality. Significant efforts have been made to improve lycopene production by engineering either the 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway or mevalonate (MVA) pathway in microorganisms. To further improve lycopene production, it is critical to utilize metabolic enzymes with high specific activities. Two enzymes, 1-deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate synthase (Dxs) and farnesyl diphosphate synthase (IspA), are required in lycopene production using MEP pathway. Here, we evaluated the activities of Dxs and IspA of Vibrio sp. dhg, a newly isolated and fast-growing microorganism. Considering that the MEP pathway is closely related to the cell membrane and electron transport chain, the activities of the two enzymes of Vibrio sp. dhg were expected to be higher than the enzymes of E. coli. We found that Dxs and IspA in Vibrio sp. dhg exhibited 1.08-fold and 1.38-fold higher catalytic efficiencies, respectively. Consequently, the heterologous overexpression improved the specific lycopene production by 1.88-fold. Our findings could be widely utilized to enhance production of lycopene and other carotenoids.

Subject Areas

metabolic engineering; lycopene; MEP pathway; 1-deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate synthase; farnesyl diphosphate synthase; Vibrio sp. dhg

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