Identification and characterization of the propanediol utilization protein PduP of Lactobacillus reuteri for 3-hydroxypropionic acid production from glycerol. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol

Microbe-based Fusion Technology Research Center, Jeonbuk Branch Institute, KRIBB, Jeongeup, South Korea.
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (Impact Factor: 3.34). 10/2010; 89(3):697-703. DOI: 10.1007/s00253-010-2887-6
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Although the de novo biosynthetic mechanism of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) in glycerol-fermenting microorganisms is still unclear, the propanediol utilization protein (PduP) of Lactobacillus species has been suggested to be a key enzyme in this regard. To verify this hypothesis, a pduP gene from Lactobacillus reuteri was cloned and expressed, and the encoded protein was characterized. Recombinant L. reuteri PduP exhibited broad substrate specificity including 3-hydroxypropionaldehyde and utilized both NAD+ and NADP+ as a cofactor. Among various aldehyde substrates tested, the specific activity was highest for propionaldehyde, at pH 7.8 and 37 °C. The K
m and V
max values for propionaldehyde in the presence of NAD+ were 1.18 mM and 0.35 U mg−1, respectively. When L. reuteri pduP was overexpressed in Klebsiella pneumoniae, 3-HP production remarkably increased as compared to the wild-type strain (from 0.18 g L−1 to 0.72 g L−1) under shake-flask culture conditions, and the highest titer (1.38 g L−1 3-HP) was produced by the recombinant strain under batch fermentation conditions in a bioreactor. This is the first report stating the enzymatic properties of PduP protein and the probable role in biosynthesis of 3-HP in glycerol fermentation.

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    • "In contrast, when resting cells are used, this reaction will proceed only until all the NADH molecules available in the cells are consumed. At this point, the role of the oxidative pathway is very important through which 3HPA is oxidized in a three-step reaction catalyzed by CoA-dependent propionaldehyde dehydrogenase (PduP), phosphotransacylase (PduL) and propionate kinase (PduW), respectively, to 3HP with 3HP-CoA and 3HP-phosphate as intermediates, and utilizing NAD+ to yield NADH resulting in a balance of redox equivalents [33,42]. The overall balance of reducing equivalents would result in the equimolar production of the hydroxyacid and the diol. "
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    • "Aldehyde dehydrogenase converts 3-HPA to 3-HP and is specific for NAD + cofactor. To date, aldehyde dehydrogenases with 3-HPA oxidation activity have been identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (ADH4) (Suthers and Cameron, 2005), E. coli K-12 (AldH) (Jo et al., 2008), L. reuteri (PduP) (Luo et al., 2011), K. pneumoniae (PuuC) and Azospirillum brasilense (KGSADH) (Ko et al., 2012). "
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