Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 182, Issue 4, pp 1358–1370 | Cite as

Quercetin Glucoside Production by Engineered Escherichia coli



Escherichia coli strains expressing the O-glucosyltransferases UGT73B3 or UGT84B1 were compared for the production of glucosides from quercetin supplied into a defined medium. The formation of quercetin-3-glucoside (Q3G) by UGT73B3 showed a maximum at 33 °C, while the formation of quercetin-7-glucoside by UGT84B1 increased with increasing temperature to 37 °C. The highest concentrations of Q3G were attained by strains having a deletion in the pgi gene-coding phosphoglucose isomerase, which effectively blocked the entry of glucose-6P into the Embden–Meyerhof–Parnas pathway. Formation of Q3G was improved in 1-L controlled bioreactors compared to shake flask cultures, a result attributed to the greater oxygen transfer rate in bioreactors. Under batch conditions with 30 g/L glucose as the sole carbon source, E. coli MEC367 (MG1655 pgi) expressing UGT73B3 generated 3.9 g/L Q3G in 56 h.


Glycosylation Glucose-6-phosphate isomerase Glucose-6-phosphate 1-dehydrogenase 



The authors thank Sarah Lee, Li Wang, and Don Armento for technical assistance.


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  1. 1.BioChemical Engineering, College of EngineeringUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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