Production of 8,11-dihydroxy and 8-hydroxy unsaturated fatty acids from unsaturated fatty acids by recombinant Escherichia coli expressing 8,11-linoleate diol synthase from Penicillium chrysogenum



Hydroxy unsaturated fatty acids can be used as antimicrobial surfactants. 8,11-Linoleate diol synthase (8,11-LDS) catalyzes the conversion of unsaturated fatty acid to 8-hydroperoxy unsaturated fatty acid, and it is subsequently isomerized to 8,11-dihydroxy unsaturated fatty acid by the enzyme. The optimal reaction conditions of recombinant Escherichia coli expressing Penicillium chrysogenum 8,11-LDS for the production of 8,11-dihydroxy-9,12(Z,Z)-octadecadienoic acid (8,11-DiHODE), 8,11-dihydroxy-9,12,15(Z,Z,Z)-octadecatrienoic acid (8,11-DiHOTrE), 8-hydroxy-9(Z)-hexadecenoic acid (8-HHME), and 8-hydroxy-9(Z)-octadecenoic acid (8-HOME) were pH 7.0, 25°C, 10 g/L linoleic acid, and 20 g/L cells; pH 6.0, 25°C, 6 g/L α-linolenic acid, and 60 g/L cells; pH 7.0, 25°C, 8 g/L palmitoleic acid, and 25 g/L cells; and pH 8.5, 30°C, 6 g/L oleic acid, and 25 g/L cells, respectively. Under these optimized conditions, the recombinant cells produced 6.0 g/L 8,11-DiHODE for 60 min, with a conversion of 60% (w/w) and a productivity of 6.0 g/L/h; 4.3 g/L 8,11-DiHOTrE for 60 min, with a conversion of 72% (w/w) and a productivity of 4.3 g/L/h; 4.3 g/L 8-HHME acid for 60 min, with a conversion of 54% (w/w) and a productivity of 4.3 g/L/h; and 0.9 g/L 8-HOME for 30 min, with a conversion of 15% (w/w) and a productivity of 1.8 g/L/h. To best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the biotechnological production of 8,11-DiHODE, 8,11-DiHOTrE, 8-HHME, and 8-HOME. © 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 33:390–396, 2017