Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a diverse family of biopolyesters synthesized by many natural or engineered bacteria. Synthetic biology and DNA-editing approaches have been adopted to engineer cells for more efficient PHA production. Recent advances in synthetic biology applied to improve PHA biosynthesis include ribosome-binding site (RBS) optimization, promoter engineering, chromosomal integration, cell morphology engineering, cell growth behavior reprograming, and downstream processing. More importantly, the genome-editing tool clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) has been applied to optimize the PHA synthetic pathway, regulate PHA synthesis-related metabolic flux, and control cell shapes in model organisms, such as Escherichia coli, and non-model organisms, such as Halomonas.
Source: Bio Technology