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Secretion and assembly of functional mini-cellulosomes from synthetic chromosomal operons in Clostridium acetobutylicum ATCC 824

Kovacs, Katalin; Willson, Benjamin J.; Schwarz, Katrin; Heap, John T.; Jackson, Adam; Bolam, David N.; Winzer, Klaus; Minton, Nigel P.

Authors

Katalin Kovacs Katalin.Kovacs@nottingham.ac.uk

Benjamin J. Willson mrxbjw@nottingham.ac.uk

Katrin Schwarz Katrin.Schwarz@nottingham.ac.ukacs@nottingham.ac.uk

John T. Heap j.heap@imperial.ac.uk

Adam Jackson

David N. Bolam

Klaus Winzer klaus.winzer@nottingham.ac.uk

Nigel P. Minton nigel.minton@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) is reliant on the simultaneous enzyme production, saccharification of biomass, and fermentation of released sugars into valuable products such as butanol. Clostridial species that produce butanol are, however, unable to grow on crystalline cellulose. In contrast, those saccharolytic species that produce predominantly ethanol, such as Clostridium thermocellum and Clostridium cellulolyticum, degrade crystalline cellulose with high efficiency due to their possession of a multienzyme complex termed the cellulosome. This has led to studies directed at endowing butanol-producing species with the genetic potential to produce a cellulosome, albeit by localising the necessary transgenes to unstable autonomous plasmids. Here we have explored the potential of our previously described Allele-Coupled Exchange (ACE) technology for creating strains of the butanol producing species Clostridium acetobutylicum in which the genes encoding the various cellulosome components are stably integrated into the genome.
RESULTS:

We used BioBrick2 (BB2) standardised parts to assemble a range of synthetic genes encoding C. thermocellum cellulosomal scaffoldin proteins (CipA variants) and glycoside hydrolases (GHs, Cel8A, Cel9B, Cel48S and Cel9K) as well as synthetic cellulosomal operons that direct the synthesis of Cel8A, Cel9B and a truncated form of CipA. All synthetic genes and operons were integrated into the C. acetobutylicum genome using the recently developed ACE technology. Heterologous protein expression levels and mini-cellulosome self-assembly were assayed by western blot and native PAGE analysis.
CONCLUSIONS:

We demonstrate the successful expression, secretion and self-assembly of cellulosomal subunits by the recombinant C. acetobutylicum strains, providing a platform for the construction of novel cellulosomes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 20, 2013
Journal Biotechnology for Biofuels
Electronic ISSN 1754-6834
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 117
Institution Citation Kovacs, K., Willson, B. J., Schwarz, K., Heap, J. T., Jackson, A., Bolam, D. N., …Minton, N. P. (2013). Secretion and assembly of functional mini-cellulosomes from synthetic chromosomal operons in Clostridium acetobutylicum ATCC 824. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 6(117), doi:10.1186/1754-6834-6-117
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1754-6834-6-117
Publisher URL http://www.biotechnologyforbiofuels.com/content/6/1/117
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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