Du, Chenyu, Zhang, Yanping, Li, Yin and Cao, Zhu’an (2007) Novel Redox Potential-Based Screening Strategy for Rapid Isolation of Klebsiella pneumoniae Mutants with Enhanced 1,3-Propanediol-Producing Capability. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73 (14). pp. 4515-4521. ISSN 0099-2240

This report describes a novel redox potential (oxidoreduction potential [ORP])-based screening strategy for the isolation of mutants of Klebsiella pneumoniae which have an increased ability to produce 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD). This method can be described as follows: first, to determine an ORP range which is preferred for the wild-type strain to grow and to produce 1,3-PD; second, to subject a chemically mutagenized culture to a reduced ORP level which is deleterious for the wild-type strain. Colonies that showed high specific growth rates at deleterious ORP levels were selected, and their abilities to produce 1,3-PD were investigated. In an ORP-based screening experiment where the ORP was controlled at −280 mV, 4 out of 11 isolated strains were recognized as positive mutant strains. A mutant which is capable of producing higher concentrations of 1,3-PD was subjected to fed-batch fermentations for further characterization. Its preferred ORP level (−280 mV) was significantly lower than that of its parent (−190 mV). The highest 1,3-PD concentration of the mutant was 915 mmol liter−1, which was 63.1% higher than that of the parent. Metabolic-flux analysis suggested that the intracellular reductive branch of the mutant was strengthened, which improved 1,3-PD biosynthesis. The procedure and results presented here provide a novel method of screening for strains with improved product formation.

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