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J Biotechnol. 1999 Oct 8;75(2-3):147-59.

Rational medium design for Bordetella pertussis: basic metabolism.

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National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Laboratory for Product and Process Development, Bilthoven, The Netherlands. marcel.thalen@rivm.nl

Abstract

In current Bordetella pertussis media ammonium accumulates because of an imbalance in the nitrogen:carbon ratio of the substrates used, which is one of the factors limiting cell density in fed-batch cultures. The aim of this study was to map B. pertussis catabolic and anabolic capabilities, in order to design a medium that avoids ammonium accumulation, while substrates are metabolised completely. Besides the known dysfunctional glycolysis, B. pertussis also possessed a partially dysfunctional citric-acid cycle. Although ammonium accumulation was avoided by adding various carbon sources to medium with glutamate, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) showed excretion of acetate, acetoacetate and beta-hydroxy-butyrate, thereby reducing the biomass yield. Acetoacetate and beta-hydroxy-butyrate were also formed in Verwey, B2 and modified Stainer-Scholte medium. Electron microscopy in combination with NMR showed that cells early on in these cultures contained poly-hydroxy-butyrate (PHB) globules, which disappeared later during the culture, coinciding with the appearance of beta-hydroxy-butyrate and/or acetoacetate. No globules nor metabolite excretion was detected when lactate in combination with glutamate were used as substrates. Thus, metabolite excretion and ammonium accumulation were avoided, while the yield of 8.8 g C-mol-1 compared favourably with literature values, averaging 6.5 g C-mol-1. Optimisation of this medium for pertussis toxin production will be reported in a separate article.

PMID:
10553654
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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