Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering for Quantification of p-Coumaric Acid Produced by Escherichia coli

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Abstract

The number of newly developed genetic variants of microbial cell factories for production of biochemicals has been rapidly growing in recent years, leading to an increased need for new screening techniques. We developed a method based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) coupled with liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) for quantification of p-coumaric acid (pHCA) in the supernatant of genetically engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) cultures. pHCA was measured in a dynamic range from 1 μM up to 50 μM on highly uniform SERS substrates based on leaning gold-capped nanopillars, which showed an in-wafer signal variation of only 11.7%. LLE using dichloromethane as organic phase was combined with the detection in order to increase selectivity and sensitivity by decreasing the effect of interfering compounds from the analytes of interest. The difference in pHCA production yield between three genetically engineered E. coli strains was successfully evaluated using SERS and confirmed with high-performance liquid chromatography. As this novel approach has potential to be automated and parallelized, it can be considered for high-throughput screening in metabolic engineering.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnalytical chemistry
Volume89
Pages (from-to)3981-3987
Number of pages7
ISSN0003-2700
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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