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Construction of an Escherichia coli cell factory to synthesize taxadien-5α-ol, the key precursor of anti-cancer drug paclitaxel

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Paclitaxel (an alkaloid of diterpenoid family) is one of the most widely used anti-cancer drugs. The challenge for biosynthesis of paclitaxel lies on the insufficient precursor, such as taxadien-5α-ol. A recombinant Escherichia coli was constructed with a heterologous mevalonate pathway, a taxadiene synthase from yew, and a cytochrome P450-mediated oxygenation system for the de novo production of taxadien-5α-ol, the first product of the multi-step taxadiene oxygenation metabolism. The final production of total oxygenated taxanes was increased up to 27 mg/L in a 50-mL flask cultivation.

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