Recent Advances in the Metabolic Engineering of Klebsiella pneumoniae: A Potential Platform Microorganism for Biorefineries

Mi Na Rhie, Hee Taek Kim, Seo Young Jo, Luan Luong Chu, Kei Anne Baritugo, Mary Grace Baylon, Jinwon Lee, Jeong Geol Na, Lyul Ho Kim, Tae Wan Kim, Chulhwan Park, Soon Ho Hong, Jeong Chan Joo, Si Jae Park

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The production of industrial chemicals from renewable biomass resources is a promising solution to overcome the society’s dependence on petroleum and to mitigate the pollution resulting from petroleum processing. Klebsiella pneumoniae is a nutritionally versatile bacterium with numerous native pathways for the production of well-known and industrially important platform chemicals derived from various sugars. Genomic sequence analyses have shown that the K. pneumoniae genome has a high similarity with that of Escherichia coli, the most studied organism, which is used in industrial biotechnology processes for fuel and chemical production. Hence, K. pneumoniae can be considered as a promising platform microorganism that can be metabolically engineered for the high-level production of bio-based chemicals. This review highlights the substrate metabolism and the metabolic engineering strategies developed in K. pneumoniae for the production of bio-based chemicals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-64
Number of pages17
JournalBiotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Technology Development Program to Solve Climate Changes on Systems Metabolic Engineering for Biorefineries from the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea (NRF-2015M1A2A2035810), the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program MSIT through the NRF of Korea (NRF-2018M3A9H3020459) and “Human Resources Program in Energy Technology” of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), granted financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea (No. 20174010201150).

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© 2019, The Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Springer.


  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • biomass
  • biorefinery
  • carbon utilization
  • metabolic engineering
  • microbial cell factory


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