, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 617-624
Date: 17 Nov 2006

Optimization of the solvent-tolerant Pseudomonas putida S12 as host for the production of p-coumarate from glucose

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A Pseudomonas putida S12 strain was constructed that is able to convert glucose to p-coumarate via the central metabolite l-tyrosine. Efficient production was hampered by product degradation, limited cellular l-tyrosine availability, and formation of the by-product cinnamate via l-phenylalanine. The production host was optimized by inactivation of fcs, the gene encoding the first enzyme in the p-coumarate degradation pathway in P. putida, followed by construction of a phenylalanine-auxotrophic mutant. These steps resulted in a P. putida S12 strain that showed dramatically enhanced production characteristics with controlled l-phenylalanine feeding. During fed-batch cultivation, 10 mM (1.7 g l−1) of p-coumarate was produced from glucose with a yield of 3.8 Cmol% and a molar ratio of p-coumarate to cinnamate of 85:1.