Acetoin production using metabolically engineered Klebsiella pneumoniae

Ji Woong Jang, Hwi Min Jung, Duck Gyun Kim, Min-Kyu Oh

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Acetoin is variously applicable platform chemical in chemical and food industry. In this study, Klebsiella pneumoniae was engineered for acetoin production using metabolic engineering. From the recombinant Klebsiella pneumoniae (KMK-05) producing 2,3-butanediol, budC and dhaD genes encoding two 2,3-butanediol dehydrogenases were deleted to reduce 2,3-butanediol production. Furthermore, a transcriptional regulator, AcoK, was deleted to reduce the expression levels of acetoin degrading enzyme. Lastly, NADH oxidase was overexpressed for adjusting intracellular redox balance. The resulting strain (KJW-03-nox) produced considerable amount of acetoin, with concentration reaching 51 g/L with 2.6 g/L/h maximum productivity in 36 h fed-batch fermentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Chemical Engineering Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1


  • 2 3-Butanediol dehydrogenase
  • Acetoin
  • Metabolic engineering
  • NADH oxidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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