Synthetic Biology Approaches to the Sustainable Production of p-Coumaric Acid and Its Derivatives in Cyanobacteria

  • Yong Xue
  • Qingfang HeEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1080)


The photosynthetic cyanobacteria are promising candidates for the sustainable production of a plethora of plant secondary metabolites, which are beneficial to human health but are difficult to produce and purify in other systems. This chapter focuses on genetic engineering of Synechocystis PCC 6803 for production of p-coumaric acid and its derivatives. Cyanobacterial engineering approaches are briefly reviewed. Strategies to increase production yield are discussed, including codon optimization of genes expressing enzymatic proteins and a laccase-coding gene knockout from Synechocystis genome which degrades polyphenols.


Secondary metabolites Phenylpropanoid p-Coumaric acid Caffeic acid Cyanobacteria Laccase P450 proteins 


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  1. 1.Division of Microbiology, Center for Food Safety and Applied NutritionFood and Drug AdministrationCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockLittle RockUSA

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