Expression of Ascaris suum Malic Enzyme in a Mutant Escherichia coli Allows Production of Succinic Acid from Glucose

  • Lucy Stols
  • Gopal Kulkarni
  • Ben G. Harris
  • Mark I. Donnelly
Part of the Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology book series (ABAB, volume 63-65)


The malic enzyme gene of Ascaris suum was cloned into the vector pTRC99a in two forms encoding alternative amino-termini. The resulting plasmids, pMEA1 and pMEA2, were introduced into Escherichia coli NZN111, a strain that is unable to grow fermentatively because of inactivation of the genes encoding pyruvate dissimilation. Induction of pMEA1, which encodes the native animoterminus, gave better overexpression of malic enzyme, approx 12-fold compared to uninduced cells. Under the appropriate culture conditions, expression of malic enzyme allowed the fermentative dissimilation of glucose by NZN111. The major fermentation product formed in induced cultures was succinic acid.

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Metabolic engineering succinic acid Escherichia coli malic enzyme Ascaris suum 


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© Humana Press Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucy Stols
    • 1
  • Gopal Kulkarni
    • 2
  • Ben G. Harris
    • 2
  • Mark I. Donnelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Research DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of North TexasFort WorthUSA

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