Cell-free prototyping enables implementation of optimized reverse β-oxidation pathways in heterotrophic and autotrophic bacteria.
- Vögeli B
Nature communications[Nat Commun] 2022 Jun 01; Vol. 13 (1), pp. 3058. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Jun 01.
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- Carbon-negative synthesis of biochemical products has the potential to mitigate global CO 2 emissions. An attractive route to do this is the reverse β-oxidation (r-BOX) pathway coupled to the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway. Here, we optimize and implement r-BOX for the synthesis of C4-C6 acids and alcohols. With a high-throughput in vitro prototyping workflow, we screen 762 unique pathway combinations using cell-free extracts tailored for r-BOX to identify enzyme sets for enhanced product selectivity. Implementation of these pathways into Escherichia coli generates designer strains for the selective production of butanoic acid (4.9 ± 0.1 gL -1 ), as well as hexanoic acid (3.06 ± 0.03 gL -1 ) and 1-hexanol (1.0 ± 0.1 gL -1 ) at the best performance reported to date in this bacterium. We also generate Clostridium autoethanogenum strains able to produce 1-hexanol from syngas, achieving a titer of 0.26 gL -1 in a 1.5 L continuous fermentation. Our strategy enables optimization of r-BOX derived products for biomanufacturing and industrial biotechnology.
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