Metabolic engineering of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 for the production of astaxanthin
Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 is a photosynthetic eubacterium capable of using light energy to generate biomass from atmospheric CO2 and is considered to be the model organism of photosynthetic microbes. Much of the knowledge accumulation related to this organism has centered on the cellular photosynthetic process because this organism has many similarities to the chloroplasts of higher order plants. Synechocystis also shows great promise as a microbial cell factory, as scientific studies describing metabolite production from this organism continue to accumulate in the literature. While these ...