Dynamics of Genomic-Library Enrichment and Identification of Solvent Tolerance Genes for Clostridium acetobutylicum

ArticleinApplied and Environmental Microbiology 73(9):3061-8 · June 2007with20 Reads
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02296-06 · Source: PubMed
A Clostridium acetobutylicum ATCC 824 genomic library was constructed using randomly sheared DNA. Library inserts conferring increased tolerance to 1-butanol were isolated using two protocols. Protocol I utilized a single round of butanol challenges in batch culture, while protocol II, which gave clearly superior outcomes, was based on the serial transfer of stationary-phase cultures into progressively higher butanol concentrations. DNA microarray analysis made a high-resolution assessment of the dynamic process of library enrichment possible for the first time. Protocol I yielded a library insert containing the entire coding region of the gene CAC0003 (which codes for a protein of unknown function) but also several DNA fragments containing promoter regions. Protocol II enabled the successful identification of DNA fragments containing several intact genes conferring preferential growth under conditions of butanol stress. Since expression using the employed library is possible only from natural promoters, among the enriched genes, we identified 16 genes that constitute the first cistron of a transcriptional unit. These genes include four transcriptional regulators (CAC0977, CAC1463, CAC1869, and CAC2495). After subcloning plasmids carrying the CAC0003 and CAC1869 genes, strains 824(pCAC0003) and 824(pCAC1869) exhibited 13% and an 81% increases, respectively, in butanol tolerance relative to the plasmid control strain. 824(pCAC1869) consistently grew to higher cell densities in challenged and unchallenged cultures and exhibited prolonged metabolism. Our serial enrichment approach provided a more detailed understanding of the dynamic process of library enrichment under conditions of selective growth. Further characterization of the genes identified in this study will likely enhance our understanding of the complex phenotype of solvent tolerance.
    • "A single clone was isolated from the cytostat and designated M863 (Table 1). Using an approach as described previously [15], a library of clones was created that positioned random pieces of T. saccharolyticum DNA down-stream from a strong promoter integrated into the T. saccharolyticum chromosome, with the expectation that overexpression of some genes would lead to improved inhibitor tolerance. The library was selected on solid or liquid media containing extracts from pre-treated hardwood. "
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    • "Butanol-tolerant strains have been mainly achieved by serial enrichment using increasing butanol concentrations and random chemical mutagenesis [2,[8][9][10]. The alternative directed mutagenesis of Clostridium spp. is still a difficult approach since solvent tolerance is a complex metabolic response involving a large number of genes [11][12][13][14][15], and often not enough genetic information about the target microorganisms is available. Furthermore , tools for directed mutagenesis specific for Clostridium spp. "
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