Generation of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 mutant with enhanced laccase-like activity

Elsevier BV
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Journal Article
Bioresource Technology Reports, 2022, 20, pp. 101266
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Cyanobacteria offer a good alternative to fungi for laccase production at industrial scales. Random mutagenesis approaches with ethyl methanesulfonate were used in combination with enzymatic assays screenings to select a mutant of Synechocystis sp., A2, with enhanced extracellular laccase-like activity. Anthraquinone dye decolourisation assay revealed 7 % enhanced decolourisation in A2 relative to wild type after 24 h. Comparison of the microbiome composition, structure and richness of the wild type and A2 strains confirmed that the improved traits were due to the mutation(s) and not the associated bacteria. The newly isolated Synechocystis mutant is the first example of successful random mutagenesis of cyanobacteria for laccase production. Attempts to characterise the biochemical reaction and putative laccase in A2 strain were unsuccessful but will be the subject of further research. This study suggests that random mutagenesis as a powerful approach for generating cyanobacterial strains with enhanced laccase-like activity for prospective commercial applications.
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