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Inactivation of the Escherichia coli K-12 twin arginine translocation system promotes increased hydrogen production

Penfold, DW and Sargent, F and Macaskie, LE (2006) Inactivation of the Escherichia coli K-12 twin arginine translocation system promotes increased hydrogen production. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 262. pp. 135-137.

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URL of Published Version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fml.2006.262.issue-2/issuetoc

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2006.00333.x

The effect of deleting the genes encoding the twin-arginine translocation (Tat)system on H2 production by Escherichia coli strain MC4100 and its formate hydrogenlyase upregulated mutant (DhycA) was investigated. H2 evolution tests using two mutant strains defective in Tat transport (DtatC and DtatA-E) showed that the rate doubled from 0.88\(\pm)\0.28mL H2 mg dry weight�1 L culture�1 in the
parental strain, to 1.70�0.15 and 1.75�0.18mL H2 mg dry weight�1 L culture�1,respectively, in the DtatC and DtatA-E strains. This increase was comparable to that of a previously characterized hydrogen over-producing E. coli strain carrying a DhycA allele. Construction of a tatC, DhycA double deletion strain did not increase hydrogen production further. Inactivation of the Tat system prevents correct assembly of the uptake hydrogenases and formate dehydrogenases in the cytoplasmic membrane and it is postulated that the subsequent loss of basal levels of
respiratory-linked hydrogen and formate oxidation accounts for the observed increases in formate-dependent hydrogen evolution.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2006 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Biosciences
Subjects:Q Science (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Elsevier
ID Code:989
Refereed:YES
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