Ranjit P. Desai

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Two metabolic engineering tools, namely gene inactivation and gene overexpression, were employed to examine the effects of two genetic modifications on the fermentation characteristics of Clostridium acetobutylicum. Inactivation of the butyrate kinase gene (buk) was examined using strain PJC4BK, while the combined effect of buk inactivation and(More)
We examined the effectiveness of antisense RNA (as RNA) strategies for metabolic engineering of Clostridium acetobutylicum. Strain ATCC 824(pRD4) was developed to produce a 102-nucleotide asRNA with 87% complementarity to the butyrate kinase (BK) gene. Strain ATCC 824(pRD4) exhibited 85 to 90% lower BK and acetate kinase specific activities than the control(More)
Metabolic flux analysis was used to investigate the roles of the acid formation pathways in Clostridium acetobutylicum. The acid formation pathways were revealed to serve different roles in wildtype fermentations than previously expected. Specifically, enzymes known to catalyze butyrate formation were found to uptake butyrate without concomitant production(More)
A stoichiometric model of Clostridium acetobutylicum and related strains has been previously derived. The stoichiometric matrix of the model contains a singularity which has prevented the calculation of a unique set of fluxes which describe the primary metabolic activity. To resolve the singularity, we have developed a non-linear constraint relating the(More)
A media development program for the enhanced production of macrolide aglycones by Streptomyces coelicolor is described. Shake flask studies utilizing a yeast extract and a bakers' yeast increased production by 200% and 80%, respectively. However, ammonia generation and high pH were identified as potential problems in these enriched media. Studies in(More)
Regions of extremely high sequence identity are recurrent in modular polyketide synthase (PKS) genes. Such sequences are potentially detrimental to the stability of PKS expression plasmids used in the combinatorial biosynthesis of polyketide metabolites. We present two different solutions for circumventing intra-plasmid recombination within the megalomicin(More)
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