Reprogramming Halomonas for industrial production of chemicals

  • Xiangbin Chen
  • Linping Yu
  • Guanqing Qiao
  • Guo-Qiang ChenEmail author
Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology - Original Paper


Halomonas spp. are able to grow under a high salt concentration at alkali pH, they are able to resist contamination by other microbes. Development of Halomonas spp. as platform production strains for the next-generation industrial biotechnology (NGIB) is intensively studied. Among Halomonas spp., Halomonas bluephagenesis is the best studied one with available engineering tools and methods to reprogram it for production of various polyhydroxyalkanoates, proteins, and chemicals. Due to its contamination resistance, H. bluephagenesis can be grown under open and continuous processes not just in the labs but also in at least 1000 L fermentor scale. It is expected that NGIB based on Halomonas spp. be able to engineer for production of increasing number of products in a competitive manner.


Halomonas Next-generation industrial biotechnology NGIB PHB Polyhydroxyalkanoates Chromosome engineering 



5-aminolevulinic acid


Cell dry weight


Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (interference)




Isopropyl β-D-thiogalactoside


Next-generation industrial biotechnology










Ribosomal-binding site


RNA polymerase


Standard European Vector Architecture



This study has been supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21761132013 and 31430003).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiangbin Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Linping Yu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Guanqing Qiao
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Guo-Qiang Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.MOE Lab of Bioinformatics, School of Life SciencesTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Center for Synthetic and Systems BiologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Tsinghua-Peking Center for Life SciencesTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Centre for Synthetic BiologyThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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