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Bioprocess Biosyst Eng. 2012 Jun;35(5):715-20. doi: 10.1007/s00449-011-0651-7. Epub 2011 Nov 13.

Co-production of biomass and metabolites by cell retention culture of Leuconostoc citreum.

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Chungbuk, 361-763, Republic of Korea.


Cell retention culture of lactic acid bacterium Leuconostoc citreum was carried out in a fermentor equipped with an internal ceramic filtration system to co-produce biomass and metabolites. The filtration system was composed of porous ceramic filter module with pore size of 0.1 μm and total surface area of 330 cm(2). High cell density cultivation of L. citreum was achieved within the fermentor, while extracellular metabolites such as mannitol and D-lactic acid were produced through the filter with high productivities. In batch culture of L. citreum using a medium containing 50 g/L of glucose and 100 g/L of fructose, the maximum optical density (OD) monitored at 660 nm was 13 with 65 g/L of mannitol and 38 g/L of lactic acid. In cell retention culture of L. citreum with dilution rate of 0.07 h(-1), OD increased to 75, which was 6 times higher than that in batch culture. The concentrations of mannitol and lactic acid increased to 85 and 45 g/L, respectively, and were maintained throughout the cultivation to 105 h. By increasing dilution rate to 0.13 h(-1), the productivities of mannitol and lactic acid increased to 8.5 and 4.2 g/L/h, respectively, which were 2.7 to 3 times higher than those in batch culture, suggesting that cell retention culture using internal filtration system is highly effective for co-production of useful cell biomass and various extracellular metabolites.

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