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Oleaginous yeast Cryptococcus curvatus exhibits interplay between biosynthesis of intracellular sugars and lipids

Tchakouteu, S. S., Chatzifragkou, A., Kalantzi, O., Koutinas, A. A., Aggelis, G. and Papanikolaou, S. (2014) Oleaginous yeast Cryptococcus curvatus exhibits interplay between biosynthesis of intracellular sugars and lipids. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, 117 (5). pp. 657-672. ISSN 1438-9312

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Patterns of the biosynthesis ofmajor metabolites of the oleaginous yeast Cryptococcus curvatus NRRL Y-1511 were investigated during cultivation on sugar-based media. When lactose or sucrose was employed as substrate under nitrogen-limited conditions, the yeast strain accumulated high quantities of intra-cellular total sugars (ITS) at the beginning of fermentation (up to 68% w/w), with ITS values progressively decreasing to 20%, w/w, at the end of the fermentation. Decrease in ITS content and consumption of extracellular lactose led to a subsequent rise in lipid accumulation, reaching 29.8% in dry cell weight at 80 g/L of initial lactose concentration. Lactose was a more favorable substrate for lipid production than sucrose. In nitrogen-excess conditions, ITS were produced in significant quantities despite the continuous presence of nitrogen in the medium. Growth on lactose was not followed by secretion of extra-cellular b-galactosidase. High quantities of extra-cellular invertase were observed during growth on sucrose. The composition of ITS was highly influenced by the sugar used as substrate. Cellular lipids contained mainly palmitic and to lesser extent linoleic and stearic acids. This is the first report in the literature that demonstrates the interplay between the biosynthesis of intra-cellular total sugars and lipid synthesis for oleaginous yeast strains.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Food Research Group
ID Code:54985

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