Efficient hydroxylation of 1,8-cineole with monoterpenoid-resistant recombinant Pseudomonas putida GS1

J. Mi, H. Schewe, M. Buchhaupt, D. Holtmann, J. Schrader

In this work, monoterpenoid hydroxylation with Pseudomonas putida GS1 and KT2440 were investigated as host strains, and the cytochrome P450 monooxygenase CYP176A1 (P450cin) and its native redox partner cindoxin (CinC) from Citrobacter braakii were introduced in P. putida to catalyze the stereoselective hydroxylation of 1,8-cineole to (1R)-6β-hydroxy-1,8-cineole. Growth experiments in the presence of 1,8-cineole confirmed pseudomonads’ superior resilience compared to E. coli. Whole-cell P. putida harboring P450cin with and without CinC were capable of hydroxylating 1,8-cineole, whereas coexpression of CinC has been shown to accelerate this bioconversion. Under the same conditions, P. putida GS1 produced more than twice the amount of heterologous P450cin and bioconversion product than P. putida KT2440. A concentration of 1.1 ± 0.1 g/L (1R)-6β-hydroxy-1,8-cineole was obtained within 55 h in shake flasks and 13.3 ± 1.9 g/L in 89 h in a bioreactor, the latter of which corresponds to a yield YP/S of 79 %. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the highest product titer for a P450 based whole-cell monoterpene oxyfunctionalization reported so far. These results show that solvent-tolerant P. putida GS1 can be used as a highly efficient recombinant whole-cell biocatalyst for a P450 monooxygenase-based valorization of monoterpenoids.

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