Coenzyme Engineering of a Hyperthermophilic 6-Phosphogluconate Dehydrogenase from NADP(+) to NAD(+) with Its Application to Biobatteries

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Engineering the coenzyme specificity of redox enzymes plays an important role in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, and biocatalysis, but it has rarely been applied to bioelectrochemistry. Here we develop a rational design strategy to change the coenzyme specificity of 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGDH) from a hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima from its natural coenzyme NADP(+) to NAD(+). Through amino acid-sequence alignment of NADP(+)-and NAD(+)-preferred 6PGDH enzymes and computer-aided substrate-coenzyme docking, the key amino acid residues responsible for binding the phosphate group of NADP(+) were identified. Four mutants were obtained via site-directed mutagenesis. The best mutant N32E/R33I/T34I exhibited a x 6.4 x 10(4)-fold reversal of the coenzyme selectivity from NADP(+) to NAD(+). The maximum power density and current density of the biobattery catalyzed by the mutant were 0.135 mW cm(-2) and 0.255 mA cm(-2), similar to 25% higher than those obtained from the wide-type 6PGDH-based biobattery at the room temperature. By using this 6PGDH mutant, the optimal temperature of running the biobattery was as high as 65 degrees C, leading to a high power density of 1.75 mW cm(-2). This study demonstrates coenzyme engineering of a hyperthermophilic 6PGDH and its application to high-temperature biobatteries.

ketol-acid reductoisomerase, enzymatic biofuel cells, alcohol-dehydrogenase, escherichia-coli, cofactor, specificity, glucose, design, nadh, biocatalysis