D-Xylose assimilation via the Weimberg pathway by solvent-tolerantPseudomonas taiwanensisVLB120

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SummaryThe natural ability ofPseudomonas taiwanensisVLB120 to use xylose as sole carbon and energy source offers a high potential for sustainable industrial biotechnology. In general, three xylose assimilation routes are reported for bacteria. To elaborate the metabolic capacity ofP. taiwanensisVLB120 and to identify potential targets for metabolic engineering, anin silico/in vivoexperiment was designed, allowing for discrimination between these pathways. Kinetics of glucose and xylose degradation inP. taiwanensisVLB120 was determined and the underlying stoichiometry was investigated by genome-based metabolic modelling and tracer studies using stable isotope labelling. Additionally, reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction experiments have been performed to link physiology to the genomic inventory. Based onin silicoexperiments, a labelling strategy was developed, ensuring a measurable and unique 13C-labelling distribution in proteinogenic amino acids for every possible distribution between the different xylose metabolization routes. A comparison within vivoresults allows the conclusion that xylose is metabolized byP. taiwanensisVLB120 via the Weimberg pathway. Transcriptomic and physiological studies point to the biotransformation of xylose to xylonate by glucose dehydrogenase. The kinetics of this enzyme is also responsible for the preference of glucose as carbon source by cells growing in the presence of glucose and xylose.

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