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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2019 Nov 23;61:72-81. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2019.10.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Microdroplet screening and selection for improved microbial production of extracellular compounds.

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1
Systems Biology Lab, Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1108, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2
Department of Molecular Genetics, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 7, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands.
3
University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria.
4
Systems Biology Lab, Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1108, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands; NIZO Food Research, Kernhemseweg 2, 6718 ZB Ede, The Netherlands. Electronic address: h.bachmann@vu.nl.

Abstract

Microorganisms produce extracellular compounds that affect the final product quality in fermentation processes. Selection of overproducing mutants requires coupling of the extracellular product to the producer genotype, which can be achieved by single-cell compartmentalization. Emulsions contain up to billions of microdroplets/mL which significantly increases the screening throughput compared to microtiter-plate-based selections. Factors affecting the success of screening in microdroplets include the nature of the producing organism (robust, no invasive growth), the product (not soluble in oil) and the product assay (preferably fluorescence based). Together these factors determine the required microdroplet production technique and sorting set-up. Because microdroplets allow relatively inexpensive ultrahigh-throughput screening, they are likely to become a standard tool in the strain selection toolbox of the fermentation industry.

PMID:
31770655
DOI:
10.1016/j.copbio.2019.10.007
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