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Title: Metabolic engineering of Thermoanaerobacterium saccharolyticum for n-butanol production

The thermophilic anaerobe Thermoanaerobacterium saccharolyticum JW/SL-YS485 was investigated as a host for n-butanol production. A systematic approach was taken to demonstrate functionality of heterologous components of the clostridial n-butanol pathway via gene expression and enzymatic activity assays in this organism. Subsequently, integration of the entire pathway in the wild-type strain resulted in n-butanol production of 0.85 g/L from 10 g/L xylose, corresponding to 21% of the theoretical maximum yield. We were unable to integrate the n-butanol pathway in strains lacking the ability to produce acetate, despite the theoretical overall redox neutrality of n-butanol formation. However, integration of the n-butanol pathway in lactate deficient strains resulted in n-butanol production of 1.05 g/L from 10 g/L xylose, corresponding to 26% of the theoretical maximum.
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  1. Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
  2. Mascoma Corporation
  3. ORNL
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Metabolic Engineering; Journal Volume: 21
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States