Versatile and facile one-pot biosynthesis for amides and carboxylic acids in E. coli by engineering auxin pathways of plant microbiomes

Navya Menon, Daniel Richmond, Mohammad Rejaur Rahman, Binuraj R. K. Menon

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Abstract

The development of enzymatic routes toward amide and carboxylic acid bond formation in bioactive molecular scaffolds using aqueous conditions is a major challenge for biopharmaceutical and fine chemical industrial sectors. We report biocatalytic and kinetic characterization of two indole-3-acetamide (IAM) pathway enzymes, tryptophan-2-monooxygenase (iaaM) and indole-3-acetamide hydrolase (iaaH), present in plant microbiomes that produce indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). In this pathway, tryptophan is converted to indole-3-acetamide by the monooxygenase activity of iaaM, followed by its hydrolysis to form carboxylic acid by iaaH enzyme. Since IAA or auxin is an essential natural plant hormone and an important synthon for fine chemicals, the developed monooxygenase-based bioconversion route has a wider scope compared to currently available synthetic and biocatalytic methods to produce synthetic auxins and a range of amides and carboxylic acids for agrochemical and pharmaceutical applications. To display this, one-pot multienzyme biosynthetic cascades for preparative-scale production of IAA derivatives were performed by incorporating tryptophan synthase and tryptophan halogenase enzymes. We also report the creation of an efficient de novo biosynthesis for IAA and its derivatives from glucose or indoles via a reconstructed IAM pathway in Escherichia coli.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2309-2319
JournalACS Catalysis
Volume12
Issue number4
Early online date31 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • auxin pathways
  • plant microbiome
  • halogenases
  • synthetic biology
  • one-pot enzyme cascades
  • biocatalysis
  • UKRI
  • BBSRC
  • BB/M017982/1

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