Production of mesaconate in Escherichia coli by engineered glutamate mutase pathway

Jingyu Wang, Kechun Zhang

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Mesaconate is an intermediate in the glutamate degradation pathway of microorganisms such as Clostridium tetanomorphum. However, metabolic engineering to produce mesaconate has not been reported previously. In this work, two enzymes involved in mesaconate production, glutamate mutase and 3-methylaspartate ammonia lyase from C. tetanomorphum, were recombinantly expressed in Escherichia coli. To improve mesaconate production, reactivatase of glutamate mutase was discovered and adenosylcobalamin availability was increased. In addition, glutamate mutase was engineered to improve the in vivo activity. These efforts led to efficient mesaconate production at a titer of 7.81. g/L in shake flask with glutamate feeding. Then a full biosynthetic pathway was constructed to produce mesaconate at a titer of 6.96. g/L directly from glucose. In summary, we have engineered an efficient system in E. coli for the biosynthesis of mesaconate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalMetabolic Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project is supported by Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 International Metabolic Engineering Society.


  • 3-Methylaspartate ammonia lyase
  • Adenosylcobalamin
  • Escherichia coli
  • Glutamate mutase
  • Mesaconate

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