Heterologous production of resveratrol in bacterial hosts: current status and perspectives

A. Braga, P. Ferreira, J. Oliveira, I. Rocha, N. Faria

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The polyphenol resveratrol (3,5,4′-trihydroxystilbene) is a well-known plant secondary metabolite, commonly used as a medical ingredient and a nutritional supplement. Due to its health-promoting properties, the demand for resveratrol is expected to continue growing. This stilbene can be found in different plants, including grapes, berries (blackberries, blueberries and raspberries), peanuts and their derived food products, such as wine and juice. The commercially available resveratrol is usually extracted from plants, however this procedure has several drawbacks such as low concentration of the product of interest, seasonal variation, risk of plant diseases and product stability. Alternative production processes are being developed to enable the biotechnological production of resveratrol by genetically engineering several microbial hosts, such as Escherichia coli, Corynebacterium glutamicum, Lactococcus lactis, among others. However, these bacterial species are not able to naturally synthetize resveratrol and therefore genetic modifications have been performed. The application of emerging metabolic engineering offers new possibilities for strain and process optimization. This mini-review will discuss the recent progress on resveratrol biosynthesis in engineered bacteria, with a special focus on the metabolic engineering modifications, as well as the optimization of the production process. These strategies offer new tools to overcome the limitations and challenges for microbial production of resveratrol in industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Bacteria
  • Malonyl-CoA
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Pathway engineering
  • Resveratrol


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