, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 263-270
Date: 11 Dec 2009

Analysing overexpression of l-valine biosynthesis genes in pyruvate-dehydrogenase-deficient Corynebacterium glutamicum

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l-Valine biosynthesis was analysed by comparing different plasmids in pyruvate-dehydrogenase-deficient Corynebacterium glutamicum strains in order to achieve an optimal production strain. The plasmids contained different combinations of the genes ilvBNCDE encoding for the l-valine forming pathway. It was shown that overexpression of the ilvBN genes encoding acetolactate synthase is obligatory for efficient pyruvate conversion and to prevent l-alanine as a by-product. In contrast to earlier studies, overexpression of ilvE encoding transaminase B is favourable in pyruvate-dehydrogenase-negative strains. Its amplification enhanced l-valine formation and avoided extra- and intracellular accumulation of ketoisovalerate.