Inulinase overproduction by a mutant of the marine yeast Pichia guilliermondii using surface response methodology and inulin hydrolysis
In this study, in order to isolate inulinase overproducers from the marine yeast Pichia guilliermondii, its cells were treated by using UV light and LiCl. The mutant M-30 with enhanced inulinase production was obtained and was found to be stable after cultivation for 20 generations. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to optimize the medium compositions and cultivation conditions for inulinase production by the mutant M-30 in liquid fermentation. Inulin, yeast extract, NaCl, temperature, pH for maximum inulinase production by the mutant M-30 were found to be 20.0 g/l, 5.0 g/l, 20.0 g/l, 28 °C and 6.5, respectively. Under the optimized conditions, 127.7 U/ml of inulinase activity was reached in the liquid culture of the mutant M-30 whereas the predicted maximum inulinase activity of 129.8 U/ml was derived from RSM regression. Under the same conditions, its parent strain only produced 48.1 U/ml of inulinase activity. This is the highest inulinase activity produced by the yeast strains reported so far. We also found that inulin could be actively converted into monosaccharides by the crude inulinase.
Journal: Biochemical Engineering Journal - Volume 43, Issue 3, 15 March 2009, Pages 266–271