, Volume 38, Issue 10, pp 1657-1665
Date: 20 Mar 2011

Biosynthesis of plant-specific phenylpropanoids by construction of an artificial biosynthetic pathway in Escherichia coli

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Biological synthesis of plant secondary metabolites has attracted increasing attention due to their proven or assumed beneficial properties and health-promoting effects. Phenylpropanoids are the precursors to a range of important plant metabolites such as the secondary metabolites belonging to the flavonoid/stilbenoid class of compounds. In this study, engineered Escherichia coli containing artificial phenylpropanoid biosynthetic pathways utilizing tyrosine as the initial precursor were established for production of plant-specific metabolites such as ferulic acid, naringenin, and resveratrol. The construction of the artificial pathway utilized tyrosine ammonia lyase and 4-coumarate 3-hydroxylase from Saccharothrix espanaensis, cinnamate/4-coumarate:coenzyme A ligase from Streptomyces coelicolor, caffeic acid O-methyltransferase and chalcone synthase from Arabidopsis thaliana, and stilbene synthase from Arachis hypogaea.