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Biotechnol Bioeng. 2005 Aug 5;91(3):356-68.

Application of model discriminating experimental design for modeling and development of a fermentative fed-batch L-valine production process.

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Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany.


A model discriminating experimental design approach for fed-batch processes has been developed and applied to the fermentative production of L-valine by a genetically modified Corynebacterium glutamicum strain possessing multiple auxotrophies as an example. Being faced with the typical situation of uncertain model information based on preliminary experiments, model discriminating design was successfully applied to improve discrimination between five competing models. Within the same modeling and experimental design framework, also the planning of an optimized production process with respect to the total volumetric productivity is shown. Simulation results were experimentally affirmed, yielding an increased total volumetric productivity of 6.2 mM L-valine per hour. However, also so far unknown metabolic mechanisms were observed in the optimized process, underlining the importance of process optimization during modeling to avoid problems of extreme extrapolation of model predictions during the final process optimization.

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