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Integrated strategy of temperature shift and mannitol feeding for enhanced production of echinocandin B by Aspergillus nidulans CCTCC M2012300

Zou, Shu-Ping, Xiong, Yan, Niu, Kun, Hu, Zhong-Ce, Zheng, Yu-Guo
3 Biotech 2019 v.9 no.4 pp. 140
Aspergillus nidulans, batch fermentation, cell growth, echinocandins, mannitol, temperature
The production of echinocandin B (ECB) by Aspergillus nidulans CCTCC M2012300 was improved by integrating the temperature-shift and fed-batch control strategies. The kinetic characteristics of batch cultures were analyzed at different culture temperatures, and then a two-stage temperature control strategy was established. In the first 6 days, the temperature was maintained at 30 °C to obtain the maximal cell growth rate; subsequently, 25 °C was used to gain a high ECB formation rate. On the basis of temperature control, the ECB productivity was increased to 143.3 mg/(L day), which was a 1.3-fold improvement compared with the optimal constant-temperature cultivations. The influences of fed-batch cultures were further investigated. A maximal ECB productivity of 170.8 mg/(L day) was obtained through a three-stage mannitol pulse-feeding strategy, which was another 1.2-fold improvement than that of the batch fermentation. This is the first report of the use of a two-stage temperature control fed-batch strategy in ECB fermentation. This strategy was simple and economical to operate and may provide new guidance for the industrial-scale production of ECB.