Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 133–138 | Cite as

Production of rhamnolipids-producing enzymes of Pseudomonas in E. coli and structural characterization

  • Kata Kiss
  • Wei Ting Ng
  • Qingxin Li


Rhamnolipids are a class of biosurfactants that have a great potential to be used in industries. Five proteins/enzymes, namely RhlA, RhlB, RhlC, RhlG and RhlI, are critical for the production of rhamnolipids in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Four of the 5 proteins except RhlC were successfully over-expressed in E. coli and three of them (RhlA, RhlB and RhlI) were purified and obtained in milligram quantities. The purified proteins were shown to be folded in solution. Homology models were built for RhlA, RhlB and RhlI. These results lay a basis for further structural and functional characterization of these proteins in vitro to favor the construction of super strains for rhamnolipids production.


rhamnolipids Pseudomonas RhlA RhlB RhlI protein folding 


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This research is supported by the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) of Singapore (SERC grant number: 1526004161).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Chemical & Engineering SciencesAgency for Science, Technology and ResearchJurong IslandSingapore

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