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Extending Carbon Chain Length of 1-Butanol Pathway for 1-Hexanol Synthesis from Glucose by Engineered Escherichia coli


An Escherichia coli strain was engineered to synthesize 1-hexanol from glucose by extending the coenzyme A (CoA)-dependent 1-butanol synthesis reaction sequence catalyzed by exogenous enzymes. The C4-acyl-CoA intermediates were first synthesized via acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase (AtoB), 3-hydroxybutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase (Hbd), crotonase (Crt), and trans-enoyl-CoA reductase (Ter) from various organisms. The butyryl-CoA synthesized was further extended to hexanoyl-CoA via ?-ketothiolase (BktB), Hbd, Crt, and Ter. Finally, hexanoyl-CoA was reduced to yield 1-hexanol by aldehyde/alcohol dehydrogenase (AdhE2). Enzyme activities for the C6 intermediates were confirmed by assays using HPLC and GC. 1-Hexanol was secreted to the fermentation medium under anaerobic conditions. Furthermore, co-expressing formate dehydrogenase (Fdh) from Candida boidinii increased the 1-hexanol titer. This demonstration of 1-hexanol production by extending the 1-butanol pathway provides the possibility to produce other medium chain length alcohols using the same strategy.