Expression of a bacterial 3-dehydroshikimate dehydratase reduces lignin content and improves biomass saccharification efficiency
Lignin confers recalcitrance to plant biomass used as feedstocks in agro-processing industries or as source of renewable sugars for the production of bioproducts. The metabolic steps for the synthesis of lignin building blocks belong to the shikimate and phenylpropanoid pathways. Genetic engineering efforts to reduce lignin content typically employ gene knockout or gene silencing techniques to constitutively repress one of these metabolic pathways. Recently, new strategies have emerged offering better spatiotemporal control of lignin deposition, including the expression of enzymes that interfere with the normal process for cell wall lignification. In this study, we report that expression of a 3-dehydroshikimate dehydratase (QsuB from Corynebacterium glutamicum) reduces lignin deposition in Arabidopsis cell walls. QsuB was targeted to the plastids to convert 3-dehydroshikimate – an intermediate of the shikimate pathway – into protocatechuate. Compared to wild-type plants, lines expressing QsuB contain higher amounts of protocatechuate, p-coumarate, p-coumaraldehyde and p-coumaryl alcohol, and lower amounts of coniferaldehyde, coniferyl alcohol, sinapaldehyde and sinapyl alcohol. 2D-NMR spectroscopy and pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (pyro-GC/MS) reveal an increase of p-hydroxyphenyl units and a reduction of guaiacyl units in the lignin of QsuB lines. Size-exclusion chromatography indicates a lower degree of lignin polymerization in the transgenic lines. Therefore, our datamore »
- Joint BioEnergy Inst., Emeryville, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States). Physical Biosciences Division.
- Joint BioEnergy Inst., Emeryville, CA (United States); Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (United States)
- Joint BioEnergy Inst., Emeryville, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States). Physical Biosciences Division; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Depts. of Bioengineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.
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- Plant Biotechnology Journal
- Additional Journal Information:
- Journal Name: Plant Biotechnology Journal; Journal ID: ISSN 1467-7644
- Society for Experimental Biology; Association of Applied Biology
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- Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
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- United States
- 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; cell wall; lignin; QsuB; saccharification; lignin polymerization degree; bioenergy
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