Synthetic Biology Toolbox for Antarctic Pseudomonas sp. Strains: Toward a Psychrophilic Nonmodel Chassis for Function-Driven Metagenomics.ACS Synth Biol. 2023 03 17; 12(3):722-734.AS
One major limitation of function-driven metagenomics is the ability of the host to express the metagenomic DNA correctly. Differences in the transcriptional, translational, and post-translational machinery between the organism to which the DNA belongs and the host strain are all factors that influence the success of a functional screening. For this reason, the use of alternative hosts is an appropriate approach to favor the identification of enzymatic activities in function-driven metagenomics. To be implemented, appropriate tools should be designed to build the metagenomic libraries in those hosts. Moreover, discovery of new chassis and characterization of synthetic biology toolbox in nonmodel bacteria is an active field of research to expand the potential of these organisms in processes of industrial interest. Here, we assessed the suitability of two Antarctic psychrotolerant Pseudomonas strains as putative alternative hosts for function-driven metagenomics using pSEVA modular vectors as scaffold. We determined a set of synthetic biology tools suitable for these hosts and, as a proof of concept, we demonstrated their fitness for heterologous protein expression. These hosts represent a step forward for the prospection and identification of psychrophilic enzymes of biotechnological interest.