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Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. | doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2018.00196

Citrate as cost-efficient β nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate regenerating agent for characterization and screening purposes of NADPH-dependent enzyme

 Reinhard Oeggl1*, Timo Neumann1, Jochem Gätgens1, Diego Romano2,  Stephan Noack1 and  Dörte Rother1*
  • 1IBG-1: Biotechnology, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (HZ), Germany
  • 2Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DEFENS), University of Milan, Italy

The economically efficient utilization of NADPH or NADH-dependent enzymes requires the regeneration of consumed reduction equivalents. This cofactor regeneration is classically done via an additional substrate, and if necessary enzyme. We now demonstrate an easy-to-apply cofactor regeneration approach, which can especially be used in screening applications. Simply by applying citrate to a buffer or directly using citrate/-phosphate buffer NADPH can be regenerated by native enzymes of the TCA cycle, practically present in all aerobic living organisms. Apart from viable-culturable cells, this regeneration approach can also be applied with lyophilized cells and even crude cell extracts. This is exemplarily shown for the synthesis of 1 phenylethanol from acetophenone with several oxidoreductases. The mechanism of NADPH regeneration by TCA cycle enzymes was further investigated by a transient isotopic labeling experiment feeding [1,5-13C]citrate. This revealed that the regeneration mechanism can further be optimized by genetic modification of two competing internal citrate metabolization pathways, the glyoxylate shunt and the glutamate dehydrogenase.

Keywords: citrate oxidation1, oxidoreductase screening2, nicotinamide cofactor3, reduction equivalent regeneration4, NADPH regeneration5, cofactor regeneration6

Received: 29 Mar 2018; Accepted: 28 Nov 2018.

Edited by:

Roland Wohlgemuth, Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Reviewed by:

Luis P. Fonseca, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Rajni Hatti Kaul, Lund University, Sweden  

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* Correspondence:
Mr. Reinhard Oeggl, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (HZ), IBG-1: Biotechnology, Jülich, Germany, r.oeggl@fz-juelich.de
Dr. Dörte Rother, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (HZ), IBG-1: Biotechnology, Jülich, Germany, do.rother@fz-juelich.de