Inactivation of the Escherichia coli K-12 twin-arginine translocation system promotes increases hydrogen production

Penfold, David W., Sargent, Frank and Macaskie, Lynne E. (2006) Inactivation of the Escherichia coli K-12 twin-arginine translocation system promotes increases hydrogen production. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 262 (2). pp. 135-137. ISSN 1574-6968

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Abstract

The effect of deleting the genes encoding the twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system on H2 production by Escherichia coli strain MC4100 and its formate hydrogenlyase upregulated mutant (ΔhycA) was investigated. H2 evolution tests using two mutant strains defective in Tat transport (ΔtatC and ΔtatA-E) showed that the rate doubled from 0.88±0.28mL H2mg dry weight−1L culture−1 in the parental strain, to 1.70±0.15 and 1.75±0.18mL H2mg dry weight−1L culture−1, respectively, in the ΔtatC and ΔtatA-E strains. This increase was comparable to that of a previously characterized hydrogen over-producing E. coli strain carrying a ΔhycA allele. Construction of a tatC, ΔhycA double deletion strain did not increase hydrogen production further. Inactivation of the Tat system prevents correct assembly of the uptake hydrogenases and formate dehydrogenases in the cytoplasmic membrane and it is postulated that the subsequent loss of basal levels of respiratory-linked hydrogen and formate oxidation accounts for the observed increases in formate-dependent hydrogen evolution.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 19:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69744
DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2006.00333.x

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