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Lett Appl Microbiol. 2009 Aug;49(2):278-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-765X.2009.02655.x. Epub 2009 May 27.

Technical advance in fungal biotechnology: development of a miniaturized culture method and an automated high-throughput screening.

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INRA, Université de Provence, Université de la Méditerranée, UMR1163, LBCF, Case 932, Marseille, France. francois.alberto@univ-provence.fr

Abstract

AIMS:

The goal of the study was to develop a reliable, reproducible and rapid method of culture in order to screen a large number of fungal transformants.

METHODS AND RESULTS:

The method is based upon miniaturized cell cultures and automated expression screening in microwell plates. For the method development, 50 recombinant Aspergillus vadensis clones producing feruloyl esterase B (FaeB) from Aspergillus niger were screened in 6 days. Then a panel of clones showing various behaviours was checked in flasks in order to demonstrate the reproducibility of the method. Using this method, a transformant of A. vadensis producing 1.2 g l(-1) of FaeB was selected (12-fold more than the A. niger overproducing strain).

CONCLUSIONS:

This miniaturized culture method allows to obtain reliable and reproducible results. The procedure has the advantages of being efficient, time-saving and more efficient than conventional in-flask culture screening as it can screen 800 clones per day after a culture of 3 days.

SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY:

This method could be applied to any other fungal strain culture, enzyme activity or biodiversity screening.

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