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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 735101, 12 pages
Research Article

Proteome-Level Responses of Escherichia coli to Long-Chain Fatty Acids and Use of Fatty Acid Inducible Promoter in Protein Production

1Metabolic and Biomolecular Engineering National Research Laboratory, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (BK21 Program), BioProcess Engineering Research Center, Center for Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology, and Institute for the BioCentury, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 335 Gwahangno, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, South Korea
2Department of Bio and Brain Engineering and Bioinformatics Research Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-701, South Korea
3Korea Basic Science Institute, 52 Yeoeun-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-333, South Korea

Received 31 August 2007; Accepted 18 November 2007

Academic Editor: Daniel Howard

Copyright © 2008 Mee-Jung Han et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In Escherichia coli, a long-chain acyl-CoA is a regulatory signal that modulates gene expression through its binding to a transcription factor FadR. In this study, comparative proteomic analysis of E. coli in the presence of glucose and oleic acid was performed to understand cell physiology in response to oleic acid. Among total of 52 proteins showing altered expression levels with oleic acid presence, 9 proteins including AldA, Cdd, FadA, FadB, FadL, MalE, RbsB, Udp, and YccU were newly synthesized. Among the genes that were induced by oleic acid, the promoter of the aldA gene was used for the production of a green fluorescent protein (GFP). Analysis of fluorescence intensities and confocal microscopic images revealed that soluble GFP was highly expressed under the control of the aldA promoter. These results suggest that proteomics is playing an important role not only in biological research but also in various biotechnological applications.