A genome-scale metabolic model of 2,3-butanediol production by thermophilic bacteria geobacillus icigianus

Mikhail Kulyashov, Sergey E. Peltek, Ilya R. Akberdin

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Abstract

The thermophilic strain of the genus Geobacillus, Geobacillus icigianus is a promising bacterial chassis for a wide range of biotechnological applications. In this study, we explored the metabolic potential of Geobacillus icigianus for the production of 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BTD), one of the cost-effective commodity chemicals. Here we present a genome-scale metabolic model iMK1321 for Geobacillus icigianus constructed using an auto-generating pipeline with consequent thorough manual curation. The model contains 1321 genes and includes 1676 reactions and 1589 metabolites, representing the most-complete and publicly available model of the genus Geobacillus. The developed model provides new insights into thermophilic bacterial metabolism and highlights new strategies for biotechnological applications of the strain. Our analysis suggests that Geobacillus icigianus has a potential for 2,3-butanediol production from a variety of utilized carbon sources, including glycerine, a common byproduct of biofuel production. We identified a set of solutions for enhancing 2,3-BTD production, including cultivation under anaerobic or microaerophilic conditions and decreasing the TCA flux to succinate via reducing citrate synthase activity. Both in silico predicted metabolic alternatives have been previously experimentally verified for closely related strains including the genus Bacillus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1002
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalMicroorganisms
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • 2,3-butanediol
  • Flux balance analysis
  • Genome-scale
  • Geobacillus icigianus
  • Metabolic model

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