5 years ago

Reversal of β-oxidative pathways for the microbial production of chemicals and polymer building blocks

β-Oxidation is the ubiquitous metabolic strategy to break down fatty acids. In the course of this four-step process, two carbon atoms are liberated per cycle from the fatty acid chain in the form of acetyl-CoA. However, typical β-oxidative strategies are not restricted to monocarboxylic (fatty) acid degradation only, but can also be involved in the utilization of aromatic compounds, amino acids and dicarboxylic acids. Each enzymatic step of a typical β-oxidation cycle is reversible, offering the possibility to also take advantage of reversed metabolic pathways for applied purposes. In such cases, 3-oxoacyl-CoA thiolases, which catalyze the final chain-shortening step in the catabolic direction, mediate the condensation of an acyl-CoA starter molecule with acetyl-CoA in the anabolic direction. Subsequently, the carbonyl-group at C3 is stepwise reduced and dehydrated yielding a chain-elongated product. In the last years, several β-oxidation pathways have been studied in detail and reversal of these pathways already proved to be a promising strategy for the production of chemicals and polymer building blocks in several industrially relevant microorganisms. This review covers recent advancements in this field and discusses constraints and bottlenecks of this metabolic strategy in comparison to alternative production pathways.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S1096717617300605

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