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Appl Biochem Biotechnol. 2002 Spring;98-100:679-86.

Inoculum studies in production of penicillin G acylase by Bacillus megaterium ATCC 14945.

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  • 1Departamento de Engenharia Química, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, SP, Brazil.


This article reports studies concerning the production of penicillin G acylase (PGA) by Bacillus megaterium. This enzyme has industrial use in the hydrolysis of penicillin G to obtain 6-aminopenicillanic acid, an essential intermediate for the production of semisynthetic beta-lactam antibiotics. Although most microorganisms produce the enzyme intracellularly, B. megaterium provides extracellular PGA. The enzyme production by microorganisms involves several steps, resulting in a many operational variables to be studied. The study of the inoculum is an important step to be accomplished, before addressing other issues such as culture optimization and downstream processing. In this study, using a standard inoculum as reference, several runs were performed aiming at the definition of operational conditions in the PGA production. Cell concentration and PGA activity in the production medium were measured after 24, 48, and 72 h of the beginning of the production phase. This study encompasses the duration of the inoculum germination phase and the concentration of cells used to startup the germination. Based on these results, PGA productivity during the production phase was maximized. The selected values for these variables were 1.5 x 10(7) spores/mL of germination medium, germination during 24 h, and 72 h for the production phase.

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