Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 12, Issue 2,2014
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Response surface optimization of process variables for catechin production in recombinant Escherichia coli BL (DE3) harbouring an artificial gene cluster


Kabir Mustapha Umar 1, Abdulkarim Sabo Mohammed 2 *, Son Radu 2, Azizah Abdul Hamid 2, Nazamid Saari 2

Recieved Date: 2014-02-05, Accepted Date: 2014-04-10


Response surface methodology was used to optimize critical process variables in the production of catechins by an engineered strain of E. coli BL (DE3) carrying an artificial gene cluster of catechin biosynthetic genes. Variables initially identified in literature for metabolic engineering of natural and non natural products including concentrations of inducer, precursor, temperature and substrate were used to produce optimum yields of catechins. Response optimization of parameters showed the optimum conditions for engineering catechin production from the recombinant E. coli strain to be IPTG (0.9148 mM), glucose (10.0637 g/l), eriodictyol (1.0071 mM) and temperature (27.9560°C) were predicted to produce a response of 0.97178 mg/l with 80.981% desirability. A verification experiment carried out at the optimum produced a yield very close to the predicted value in which the gallated catechins [(-)- epigallocatechin gallate) and (-)-epicatechin gallate] were metabolically engineered for the first time.


Catechins, Escherichia coli BL (DE3), optimization, response surface methodology

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2014
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 74-77

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