Debottlenecking the 1,3-propanediol pathway by metabolic engineering

Biotechnol Adv. 2010 Jul-Aug;28(4):519-30. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2010.03.003. Epub 2010 Mar 31.


The history of 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD) conversion from being a specialty chemical to being a bulk chemical illustrates that the concerted effort of different metabolic engineering approaches brings the most successful results. In order to metabolically tailor the 1,3-PD production pathway multiple strategies have been pursued. Knocking-out genes responsible for by-products formation, intergeneric transfer and overexpression of the genes directly involved in the pathway, manipulation with internal redox balance, introduction of a synthetic flux control point, and modification of the substrate mechanism of transport are some of the strategies applied. The metabolic engineering of the microbial 1,3-PD production exploits both native producers and microorganisms with acquired ability to produce the diol via genetic manipulations. Combination of the appropriate genes from homologous and heterologous hosts is expected to bring a desired objective of production of 1,3-PD cheaply, efficiently and independently from non-renewable resources. The state-of-the-art of the 1,3-PD pathway metabolic engineering is reviewed in this paper.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioengineering / methods*
  • Clostridium / genetics
  • Clostridium / metabolism
  • Enterobacteriaceae / genetics
  • Enterobacteriaceae / metabolism
  • Glycerol / metabolism
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways
  • Propylene Glycols / chemistry
  • Propylene Glycols / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism


  • Propylene Glycols
  • 1,3-propanediol
  • Glycerol