New article in "Metabolic Engineering" published!

Recent publication within MIX-UP with the title "Biosynthesis of functional polyhydroxyalkanoates by engineered Halomonas bluephagenesis"! Congratulations to our Chinese partners from Tsinghua University.

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) have found widespread medical applications due to their biocompatibility and biodegradability, while further chemical modification requires functional groups on PHA. Halomonas bluephagenesis, a non-model halophilic bacterium serving as a chassis for the Next Generation Industrial Biotechnology (NGIB), was successfully engineered to express heterologous PHA synthase (PhaC) and enoyl coenzyme-A hydratase (PhaJ) from Aeromonas hydrophila 4AK4, along with a deletion of its native phaC gene to synthesize the short chain-co-medium chain-length PHA copolymers, namely poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate), poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhex-5-enoate) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate-co-3-hydroxyhex-5-enoate). After optimizations of the expression cassette and ribosomal binding site combined with introduction of endogenous acyl-CoA synthetase (fadD), the resulting recombinant strain H. bluephagenesis TDR4 achieved a remarkably high 3-hydroxyhexenoate (3HHxE) molar ratio of 35% when grown on glucose and 5-hexenoic acid as co-substrates. The total ratio of side chain consisting of 3HHx and 3HHxE monomers in the terpolymer can approach 44 mol%. H. bluephagenesis TDR4 was grown to a cell dry mass (CDM) of 30 g/L containing approximately 20% poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-22.75 mol% 3-hydroxy-5-hexenoate) in a 48-h of open and unsterile fermentation with a 5-hexenoic acid conversion efficiency of 91%. The resulted functional PHA containing 12.5 mol% 3-hydroxy-5-hexenoate exhibits more than 1000% elongation at break. The engineered H. bluephagenesis TDR4 can be used as an experimental platform to produce functional PHA.

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