Using structure-function relationships to understand the mechanism of phenazine-mediated extracellular electron transfer in Escherichia coli

Zayn Rhodes, Olja Simoska, Ashwini Dantanarayana, Keith J. Stevenson, Shelley D. Minteer

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Abstract

Phenazines are redox-active nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds that can be produced by either bacteria or synthetic approaches. As an electron shuttles (mediators), phenazines are involved in several biological processes facilitating extracellular electron transfer (EET). Therefore, it is of great importance to understand the structural and electronic properties of phenazines that promote EET in microbial electrochemical systems. Our previous study experimentally investigated a phenazine-based library as an exogenous mediator system to facilitate EET in Escherichia coli. Herein, we combine our experimental data with density functional theory (DFT) calculations and multivariate linear regression modeling to understand the structure-function relationships in phenazine-based mediated EET. These calculations demonstrate that the computed redox properties of phenazines in lipophilic environments (e.g., cell membrane) correlate to experimental mediated current densities. Additional DFT-derived molecular properties were considered to develop a predictive model, which could be used in metabolic engineering approaches to introduce phenazines as endogenous mediators into bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103033
JournaliScience
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Applied microbiology
  • Bio-electrochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Microbiology

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