Activity and stability of a recombinant plasmid-borne tce degradative pathway in suspended cultures


The retention and expression of the plasmid-borne, TCE degradative toluene-ortho-monooxygenase (TOM) pathway in suspended continuous cultures of transconjugant Burkholderia cepacia 17616 (TOM31c) were studied. Acetate growth and TCE degradation kinetics for the transconjugant host are described and utilized in a plasmid loss model. Plasmid maintenance did not have a significant effect on the growth rate of the transconjugant. Both plasmid-bearing and plasmid-free strains followed Andrews inhibition growth kinetics when grown on acetate and had maximum growth rates of 0.22 h−1. The transconjugant was capable of degrading TCE at a maximum rate of 9.7 nmol TCE/min · mg protein, which is comparable to the rates found for the original plasmid host, Burkholderia cepacia PR131 (TOM31c). The specific activity of the TOM pathway was found to be a linear function of growth rate. Plasmid maintenance was studied at three different growth rates: 0.17/h, 0.1/h, and 0.065/h. Plasmid maintenance was found to be a function of growth rate, with the probability of loss ranging from 0.027 at a growth rate of 0.065/h to 0.034 at a growth rate 0.17/h. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Biotechnol Bioeng 57: 287–296, 1998.




Sharp, R.R., J.D. Bryers, W.G. Jones, and M.S. Shields, “Activity and Stability of a Recombinant Plasmid-Borne TCE Degradative Pathway in Suspended Cultures,” Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 57(3):287-296 (1998).
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