Expression of Weimberg xylose utilization pathway for succinate production by cyanobacteria under diurnal condition

Jemmy C. Tsai, Martin J. Lai, Ethan I. Lan*

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Abstract

Background: Succinate is a widely used platform chemical in plastics and food industries. While autotrophic succinate producing cyanobacteria has previously been demonstrated, a major limitation to its practical utilization is the lack of continuous production at night. Methods: Here we showcase a constant succinate production in diurnal condition by additionally introducing a xylose utilization pathway (XUP) into succinate producing strain. This implemented pathway enables the strain to convert xylose into α-ketoglutarate which then becomes succinate. Significant Findings: The engineered stain produced succinate with the productivity of 2.4 mg/L/hr under dark condition with xylose supplemented. Additionally, two-fold increase of succinate titer at constant light condition compare to base strain. Together this work showed the installation of xylose utilization system in cyanobacteria is a feasible strategy to provide carbon flux to α-ketoglutarate, which may also be applicable for increasing the production of other TCA cycle derived compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105285
JournalJournal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers
Volume160
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2024

Keywords

  • Cyanobacteria
  • Diurnal synthesis
  • Succinate
  • Weimberg pathway
  • Xylose

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