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Title: The plasticity of cyanobacterial carbon metabolism

Abstract

This opinion article aims to raise awareness of a fundamental issue which governs sustainable production of biofuels and bio-chemicals from photosynthetic cyanobacteria. Discussed is the plasticity of carbon metabolism, by which the cyanobacterial cells flexibly distribute intracellular carbon fluxes towards target products and adapt to environmental/genetic alterations. This intrinsic feature in cyanobacterial metabolism is being understood through recent identification of new biochemical reactions and engineering on low-throughput pathways. We focus our discussion on new insights into the nature of metabolic plasticity in cyanobacteria and its impact on hydrocarbons (e.g. ethylene and isoprene) production. Here, we discuss approaches that need to be developed to rationally rewire photosynthetic carbon fluxes throughout primary metabolism. We also outline open questions about the regulatory mechanisms of the metabolic network that remain to be answered, which might shed light on photosynthetic carbon metabolism and help optimize design principles in order to improve the production of fuels and chemicals in cyanobacteria.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1399349
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-2700-68379
Journal ID: ISSN 1367-5931
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1367-5931
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; biofuels; biochemicals; cyanobacteria

Citation Formats

Xiong, Wei, Cano, Melissa, Wang, Bo, Douchi, Damien, and Yu, Jianping. The plasticity of cyanobacterial carbon metabolism. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.09.004.
Xiong, Wei, Cano, Melissa, Wang, Bo, Douchi, Damien, & Yu, Jianping. The plasticity of cyanobacterial carbon metabolism. United States. doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.09.004.
Xiong, Wei, Cano, Melissa, Wang, Bo, Douchi, Damien, and Yu, Jianping. Fri . "The plasticity of cyanobacterial carbon metabolism". United States. doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.09.004. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1399349.
@article{osti_1399349,
title = {The plasticity of cyanobacterial carbon metabolism},
author = {Xiong, Wei and Cano, Melissa and Wang, Bo and Douchi, Damien and Yu, Jianping},
abstractNote = {This opinion article aims to raise awareness of a fundamental issue which governs sustainable production of biofuels and bio-chemicals from photosynthetic cyanobacteria. Discussed is the plasticity of carbon metabolism, by which the cyanobacterial cells flexibly distribute intracellular carbon fluxes towards target products and adapt to environmental/genetic alterations. This intrinsic feature in cyanobacterial metabolism is being understood through recent identification of new biochemical reactions and engineering on low-throughput pathways. We focus our discussion on new insights into the nature of metabolic plasticity in cyanobacteria and its impact on hydrocarbons (e.g. ethylene and isoprene) production. Here, we discuss approaches that need to be developed to rationally rewire photosynthetic carbon fluxes throughout primary metabolism. We also outline open questions about the regulatory mechanisms of the metabolic network that remain to be answered, which might shed light on photosynthetic carbon metabolism and help optimize design principles in order to improve the production of fuels and chemicals in cyanobacteria.},
doi = {10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.09.004},
journal = {Current Opinion in Chemical Biology},
number = C,
volume = 41,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Sep 29 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri Sep 29 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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