Three transformants of Alcaligenes eutrophus harbouring the recombinant plasmids containing phbCAB, phbAB, and phbC genes, were cultivated to investigate the effect of cloned genes on cell growth and poly-β-hydroxybutyrate accumulation. Both in the nutrient-rich and minimal media, the increased PHB accumulation in the transformants was observed compared to the parent strain, and this was the result of the increased enzyme activities in the transformants. Low carbon concentration and high C/N molar ratio favored higher PHB accumulations in the transformants. The transformant harbouring the phbC gene showed the highest PHB accumulation, which indicated that PHB synthase was the most critical enzyme for PHB biosynthesis in the transformant.
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- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology