GDP-mannosyltransferase (GMT) is an enzyme responsible for the addition of a mannose to glucose (α[1→3]) during biosynthesis of the water-soluble branched polysaccharide acetan in Acetobacter species. In an effort to obtain a cellulose-overproducing bacterium, a mutant defective in GMT of Acetobacter xylinum KCCM 10100 was constructed by single crossover homologous recombination using part of the aceA gene encoding GMT amplified by polymerase chain reaction. The GMT-disrupted mutant produced 23% more cellulose, but 16% less water-soluble polysaccharide than those of the wild-type strain. Analysis of the sugar composition by gel permeation chromatography revealed that water-soluble polysaccharides produced by the GMT-defective mutant contained no mannose molecule.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of microbiology and biotechnology|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 Jun|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology