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Overexpression of sigma factor SigB improves temperature and butanol tolerance of Synechocystis sp PCC6803
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics and Nanobiotechnology.
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics and Nanobiotechnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2430-2682
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics and Nanobiotechnology.
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics and Nanobiotechnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1899-7649
2014 (English)In: Journal of Biotechnology, ISSN 0168-1656, E-ISSN 1873-4863, Vol. 182, no 1, 54-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Among phenotypes of interest for an industrial cyanobacteria host are improved tolerance to temperature, salt, and solvent stress. Cellular responses to many stresses are controlled by the network of sensory receptors and downstream regulatory proteins. We applied transcription factor engineering to Synechocystis and tested mutant strains for tolerance to temperature and the biofuel 1-butanol. Histidine kinases (Hik), response regulators (Rre), and an RNA polymerase sigma factor (SigB) were overexpressed or deleted. Overexpression of SigB increased both temperature and butanol tolerance and lowered the intracellular concentration of reactive oxygen species. This report demonstrates that alteration of regulatory proteins in a cyanobacterium can be a useful tool to improve stress tolerance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 182, no 1, 54-60 p.
Keyword [en]
Cyanobacteria, Biofuels, Tolerance, Reactive oxygen species, Transcription factors
National Category
Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-148606DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2014.04.017ISI: 000338812100007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84901023888OAI: diva2:737160
FormasKnut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

QC 20140812

Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-08-11 Last updated: 2016-04-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Metabolic engineering strategies to increase n-butanol production from cyanobacteria
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metabolic engineering strategies to increase n-butanol production from cyanobacteria
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The development of sustainable replacements for fossil fuels has been spurred by concerns over global warming effects. Biofuels are typically produced through fermentation of edible crops, or forest or agricultural residues requiring cost-intensive pretreatment. An alternative is to use photosynthetic cyanobacteria to directly convert CO2 and sunlight into fuel. In this thesis, the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 was genetically engineered to produce the biofuel n­-butanol. Several metabolic engineering strategies were explored with the aim to increase butanol titers and tolerance.

In papers I-II, different driving forces for n-butanol production were evaluated. Expression of a phosphoketolase increased acetyl-CoA levels and subsequently butanol titers. Attempts to increase the NADH pool further improved titers to 100 mg/L in four days.

In paper III, enzymes were co-localized onto a scaffold to aid intermediate channeling. The scaffold was tested on a farnesene and polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) pathway in yeast and in E. coli, respectively, and could be extended to cyanobacteria. Enzyme co-localization increased farnesene titers by 120%. Additionally, fusion of scaffold-recognizing proteins to the enzymes improved farnesene and PHB production by 20% and 300%, respectively, even in the absence of scaffold.

In paper IV, the gene repression technology CRISPRi was implemented in Synechocystis to enable parallel repression of multiple genes. CRISPRi allowed 50-95% repression of four genes simultaneously. The method will be valuable for repression of competing pathways to butanol synthesis.

Butanol becomes toxic at high concentrations, impeding growth and thus limiting titers. In papers V-VI, butanol tolerance was increased by overexpressing a heat shock protein or a stress-related sigma factor.

Taken together, this thesis demonstrates several strategies to improve butanol production from cyanobacteria. The strategies could ultimately be combined to increase titers further.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 79 p.
TRITA-BIO-Report, ISSN 1654-2312 ; 2016:4
cyanobacteria, metabolic engineering, biofuels, butanol, synthetic scaffold, CRISPRi, solvent tolerance
National Category
Industrial Biotechnology
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185548 (URN)978-91-7595-927-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-27, FD5, AlbaNova Universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Swedish Research Council FormasKnut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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