Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Lopez J., Catado V.F., Peña M., Saa P.A., Saitua F., Ibaceta M., Agosin E. (2019)

Build Your Bioprocess on a Solid Strain—β-Carotene Production in Recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Revista : Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Volumen : 7
Páginas : 171
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Robust fermentation performance of microbial cell factories is critical for successful scaling of a biotechnological process. From shake flask cultivations to industrial-scale bioreactors, consistent strain behavior is fundamental to achieve the production targets. To assert the importance of this feature, we evaluated the impact of the yeast strain design and construction method on process scalability -from shake flasks to bench-scale fed-batch fermentations- using two recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains capable of producing b-carotene; SM14 and bcar1.2 strains. SM14 strain, obtained previously from adaptive evolution experiments, was capable to accumulate up to 21 mg/gDCW of b-carotene in 72 h shake flask cultures; while the bcar1.2, constructed by overexpression of carotenogenic genes, only accumulated 5.8 mg/gDCW of carotene. Surprisingly, fed-batch cultivation of these strains in 1L bioreactors resulted in opposite performances.b-car1.2 strain reached much higher biomass and b-carotene productivities (1.57 g/L/h and 10.9 mg/L/h, respectively) than SM14 strain (0.48 g/L/h and 3.1 mg/L/h, respectively). Final b-carotene titers were 210 and 750 mg/L after 80 h cultivation for SM14 and b-car1.2 strains, respectively. Our results indicate that these substantial differences in fermentation parameters are mainly a consequence of the exacerbated Crabtree effect of the SM14 strain. We also found that the strategy used to integrate the carotenogenic genes into the chromosomes affected the genetic stability of strains, although the impact was significantly minor. Overall, our results indicate that shake flasks fermentation parameters are poor predictors of the fermentation performance under industrial-like conditions, and that appropriate construction designs and performance tests must be conducted to properly assess the scalability of the strain and the bioprocess.