Optimizing the Production of 5-Aminolevulinic Acid by Recombinant Escherichia coli Containing the Rhodobacter capsulatus hemA Gene

Rhodobacter capsulatus hemA 유전자 발현 대장균에 의한 5-Aminolevulinic Acid 생산의 최적화

  • 양동수 ((주)압선비씨엘) ;
  • 박문원 ((주)압선비씨엘) ;
  • 임수진 (단국대학교 동물자원학과) ;
  • 김민정 (단국대학교 동물자원학과) ;
  • 신유리 (단국대학교 동물자원학과) ;
  • 박찬수 ((주)이지바이오시스템) ;
  • 현영 ((주)이지바이오시스템) ;
  • 강대경 (단국대학교 동물자원학과)
  • Received : 2009.04.10
  • Accepted : 2009.05.11
  • Published : 2009.06.28


Recombinant Escherichia coli BLR(DE3) harboring the hemA gene from Rhodobacter capsulatus under the control of a constitutive promoter, which we constructed previously, was used for the extracellular production of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA). The effects of several factors on ALA production were investigated in flask culture. ALA production by the recombinant E. coli was more efficient at $30^{\circ}C$ than $37^{\circ}C$. The glycine concentration had an important effect on cell growth. Glycine and succinic acid concentration of 5-10 and 10-20 g/L, respectively, resulted in high ALA production. In addition, the partial replacement of succinic acid by sodium glutamate increased the ALA production. The ALA production was inhibited by the presence of glucose in the medium. Using the optimal conditions, an ALA concentration of 8.2 g/L was achieved in jar fermentation without an added inducer or ALA dehydratase inhibitor; this is the highest reported concentration.


5-Aminolevulinic acid;recombinant Escherichia coli;glycine;succinic acid;glutamate;glucose


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