Adaptive laboratory evolution of Corynebacterium glutamicum towards higher growth rates on glucose minimal medium

Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 1;7(1):16780. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-17014-9.


In this work, we performed a comparative adaptive laboratory evolution experiment of the important biotechnological platform strain Corynebacterium glutamicum ATCC 13032 and its prophage-free variant MB001 towards improved growth rates on glucose minimal medium. Both strains displayed a comparable adaptation behavior and no significant differences in genomic rearrangements and mutation frequencies. Remarkably, a significant fitness leap by about 20% was observed for both strains already after 100 generations. Isolated top clones (UBw and UBm) showed an about 26% increased growth rate on glucose minimal medium. Genome sequencing of evolved clones and populations resulted in the identification of key mutations in pyk (pyruvate kinase), fruK (1-phosphofructokinase) and corA encoding a Mg2+ importer. The reintegration of selected pyk and fruK mutations resulted in an increased glucose consumption rate and ptsG expression causative for the accelerated growth on glucose minimal medium, whereas corA mutations improved growth under Mg2+ limiting conditions. Overall, this study resulted in the identification of causative key mutations improving the growth of C. glutamicum on glucose. These identified mutational hot spots as well as the two evolved top strains, UBw and UBm, represent promising targets for future metabolic engineering approaches.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological*
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Corynebacterium glutamicum / genetics
  • Corynebacterium glutamicum / growth & development*
  • Corynebacterium glutamicum / virology
  • Culture Media / chemistry*
  • Gene Rearrangement
  • Genetic Fitness
  • Genome, Bacterial
  • Glucose / metabolism*
  • Mutation Rate
  • Prophages / physiology
  • Whole Genome Sequencing


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Culture Media
  • Glucose