Dongfang Gao

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Aspartate kinase (AK) is a key enzyme involved in catalyzing the first step of the aspartate-derived amino acid biosynthesis, including L-lysine and L-threonine, which is regulated by the end-metabolites through feedback inhibition. In order to accumulate the end-metabolites in the host, the feedback inhibition of AK has to be released. In this study, a(More)
BACKGROUND The microbial conversion of plant biomass into value added products is an attractive option to address the impacts of petroleum dependency. The Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli is commonly used as host for the industrial production of various chemical products with a variety of sugars as carbon sources. However, this strain neither(More)
BACKGROUND The Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli has been widely used as a cell factory for the production of proteins and specialty chemicals because it is the best characterized host with many available expression and regulation systems. However, recombinant proteins produced in Escherichia coli are generally intracellular and often found in the(More)
Escherichia coli is commonly used as a host for the extracellular production of proteins. However, its secretion capacity is often limited to a frustratingly low level compared with other expression hosts, because E. coli has a complex cell envelope with two layers. In previous report, we identified that the catalytic domain of a cellulase (Cel-CD) from(More)
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are small molecules which serve as essential components of the innate immune system in various organisms. AMPs possess a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities. However, the scaled production of such peptides in Escherichia coli faces many difficulties because of their small size and toxicity to the host. Here, we described(More)
Four DNA fragments that could rescue the mutations of four Met- mutants were cloned from Thermus thermophilus HB27 and their complete nucleotide sequences were determined. Two of the four fragments respectively contained the greater parts of the metF and metH genes, the predicted amino acid sequences of which showed identities of 30.8% and 32.7% with(More)
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