Construction of an engineered biocatalyst system for the production of medium-chain α,ω-dicarboxylic acids from medium-chain ω-hydroxycarboxylic acids

Tae Hun Kim, Su Hwan Kang, Jin Byung Park, Deok Kun Oh

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Abstract

Medium-chain α,ω-dicarboxylic acids produced from renewable long-chain fatty acids are valuable as precursors in the chemical industry. However, they are difficult to produce biologically at high concentrations. Although improved biocatalyst systems consisting of engineering of Baeyer–Villiger monooxygenases are used in the production of ω-hydroxycarboxylic acids from long-chain fatty acids, the engineering of biocatalysts involved in the production of α,ω-dicarboxylic acids from ω-hydroxycarboxylic acids has been rarely attempted. Here, we used highly active bacterial enzymes, Micrococcus luteus alcohol dehydrogenase and Archangium violaceum aldehyde dehydrogenase, for the efficient production of α,ω-dicarboxylic acids from ω-hydroxycarboxylic acids and constructed a biocatalyst with cofactor regeneration system by introducing NAD(P)H flavin oxidoreductase as the NAD(P)H oxidase. The inhibition of the biocatalyst by hydrophobic substrates was attenuated by engineering a biocatalyst system with an adsorbent resin, which allowed us to obtain 196 mM decanedioic, 145 mM undecanedioic, and 114 mM dodecanedioic acid from 200 mM of C10, C11, and C12 hydroxyl saturated carboxylic acids, respectively, and 141 mM undecanedioic acid from 150 mM C11 unsaturated carboxylic acids, with molar conversions of 98%, 97%, 95%, and 94%, respectively. The concentration of undecanedioic acid obtained was approximately 40-fold higher than that in the previously highest results. Our results from this study can be applied for the industrial production of medium-chain α,ω-dicarboxylic acids from renewable long-chain fatty acids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2648-2657
Number of pages10
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Volume117
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • cofactor regeneration
  • enhanced biotransformation
  • medium-chain α,ω-dicarboxylic acids
  • medium-chain ω-hydroxy fatty acids
  • resin addition

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