World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 587–592 | Cite as

Kinetic characterization in batch and continuous culture of Escherichia coli mutants affected in phosphoenolpyruvate metabolism: differences in acetic acid production

  • R. Sigüenza
  • N. Flores
  • G. Hernández
  • A. Martínez
  • F. Bolivar
  • F. Valle

Abstract

The growth kinetics of an Escherichia coli wild type strain and two derivative mutants were examined in batch cultures and in glucose-limited chemostats. One mutant (PB12) had an inactive phosphotranferase transport system and the other (PB25) had interrupted pykA and pykF genes that code for the two pyruvate kinase isoenzymes. In both batch and continuous culture, important differences in acetic acid accumulation and other metabolic activities were found. Compared to the wild type strain, we observed a reduction in acetic acid accumulation of 25 and 80% in PB25 and PB12 strains respectively, in batch culture. Continuous culture experiments revealed that compared to the other two strains, PB25 accumulated less acetic acid as a function of dilution rate. In continuous cultures, oxidoreductase metabolic activities were substantially affected in the two mutant strains. These changes in turn were reflected in different levels of biomass and CO2 production, and in oxygen consumption.

Acetic acid production carbon metabolism continuous culture Escherichia coli metabolic engineering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Sigüenza
    • 1
  • N. Flores
    • 1
  • G. Hernández
    • 1
  • A. Martínez
    • 1
  • F. Bolivar
    • 1
  • F. Valle
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Microbiología Molecular, Instituto de BiotecnologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCuernavaca, MorelosMéxico
  2. 2.Genencor International Inc.Palo AltoUSA

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