Efficient turnover of chlorocatechols is essential for growth of Ralstonia eutropha JMP134(pJP4) in 3-chlorobenzoic acid

D. Pérez-Pantoja, T. Ledger, D. H. Pieper, B. González

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

50 Scopus citations


Ralstonia eutropha JMP134(pJP4) degrades 3-chlorobenzoate (3-CB) by using two not completely isofunctional, pJP4-encoded chlorocatechol degradation gene clusters, tfdCIDIEIFI and tfdDIICIIEIIFII. Introduction of several copies of each gene cluster into R. eutropha JMP222, which lacks pJP4 and thus accumulates chlorocatechols from 3-CB, allows the derivatives to grow in this substrate. However, JMP222 derivatives containing one chromosomal copy of each cluster did not grow in 3-CB. The failure to grow in 3-CB was the result of accumulation of chlorocatechols due to the limiting activity of chlorocatechol 1,2-dioxygenase (TfdC), the first enzyme in the chlorocatechol degradation pathway. Micromolar concentrations of 3- and 4-chlorocatechol inhibited the growth of strains JMP134 and JMP222 in benzoate, and cells of strain JMP222 exposed to 3 mM 3-CB exhibited a 2-order-of-magnitude decrease in viability. This toxicity effect was not observed with strain JMP222 harboring multiple copies of the tfdCI gene, and the derivative of strain JMP222 containing tfdCI DIEIFI plus multiple copies of the tfdCI gene could efficiently grow in 3-CB. In addition, tfdCI and tfdCII gene mutants of strain JMP134 exhibited no growth and impaired growth in 3-CB, respectively. The introduction into strain JMP134 of the xylS-xylXYZL genes, encoding a broad-substrate-range benzoate 1,2-dioxygenase system and thus increasing the transformation of 3-CB into chlorocatechols, resulted in derivatives that exhibited a sharp decrease in the ability to grow in 3-CB. These observations indicate that the dosage of chlorocatechol-transforming genes is critical for growth in 3-CB. This effect depends on a delicate balance between chlorocatechol-producing and chlorocatechol-consuming reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1534-1542
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2003


Dive into the research topics of 'Efficient turnover of chlorocatechols is essential for growth of Ralstonia eutropha JMP134(pJP4) in 3-chlorobenzoic acid'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this