A generic, whole-cell-based screening method for Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases

Hanna M Dudek, Petra Popken, Edwin van Bloois, Wouter A Duetz, Marco W Fraaije

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Abstract

Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases (BVMOs) have been receiving increasing attention as enzymes useful for biocatalytic applications. Industrial requirements call for rapid and extensive redesign of these enzymes. In response to the need for screening large libraries of BVMO mutants, we established a generic screening method that allows screening of Escherichia coli cells expressing active BVMOs in 96-well plate format. For this, we first developed an expression system for production of phenylacetone monooxygenase (PAMO) in the periplasm of E. coli. This allows probing the enzyme for any target substrate while it is also compatible with extracellular coenzyme regeneration. For coenzyme regeneration, we used phosphite dehydrogenase, which forms phosphate upon NADPH recycling. This allowed the use of a chromogenic molybdate-based phosphate determination assay. The screening procedure was supplemented with a detection method for identification of mutant enzymes that act as NADPH oxidases, thereby excluding false-positives. The whole-cell-based screening method was validated by screening site-saturation libraries of PAMO and resulted in the identification of PAMO mutants with altered catalytic properties. This new method can be used for screening libraries of BVMOs for activity with any desired substrate and therefore is a powerful tool for engineering of these enzymes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-687
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biomolecular Screening
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2013

Keywords

  • Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenase
  • Tat export
  • screening method
  • sulfoxidation
  • uncoupling
  • DIRECTED EVOLUTION
  • ESCHERICHIA-COLI
  • PHENYLACETONE MONOOXYGENASE
  • CYCLOHEXANONE MONOOXYGENASES
  • THERMOBIFIDA-FUSCA
  • PROTEIN
  • ASSAY
  • ENANTIOSELECTIVITY
  • BIOCATALYSIS
  • PHOSPHORUS

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