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- Efficient production of levan using a recombinant yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae hypersecreting a bacterial levansucrase
- Hyunjun Ko; Jung Hoon Bae; Bong Hyun Sung; Mi Jin Kim; Chul Ho Kim; Baek Rock Oh; Jung Hoon Sohn
- Bibliographic Citation
- Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, vol. 46, no. 11, pp. 1611-1620
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- Levan is a fructose polymer with diverse applications in the food and medical industries. In this study, levansucrase from Rahnella aquatilis (RaLsrA) was hyper-secreted using a Saccharomyces cerevisiae protein secretion system. An optimal secretion signal, a translation fusion partner (TFP) containing an N-terminal 98 amino acid domain from a mitochondrial inner membrane protein, UTH1, was employed to secrete approximately 50 U/mL of bioactive RaLsrA into culture media with 63% secretion efficiency by fed-batch fermentation. Although the purified RaLsrA was useful for enzymatic conversion of high-molecular-weight levan of approximately 3.75×106 Da, recombinant yeast secreting RaLsrA could produce levan more efficiently by microbial fermentation. In a 50-L scale fermenter, 76-g/L levan was directly converted from 191-g/L sucrose by recombinant yeast cells, attaining an 80% conversion yield and 3.17-g/L/h productivity. Thus, we developed a cost-effective and industrially applicable production system for food-grade levan.
- Direct fermentation; Levan; Levansucrase; Recombinant protein expression; Saccharomyces cerevisiae
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- Division of Biomaterials Research > Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering Research Center > 1. Journal Articles
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