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The Production of L-serine with a methylotrophic microorganism using the L-serine pathway and coupling with an L-tryptophan-producing process

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  • U. Behrendt,

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    1. E. Merck, Biochem. Forsch., PF 4119, D-6100 Darmstadt, Federal Republic of Germany
    • E. Merck, Biochem. Forsch., PF 4119, D-6100 Darmstadt, Federal Republic of Germany
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  • W. G. Bang,

    1. Korea University, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, College of Agriculture, 1-Anam-Dong, Sungbuk-ku Seoul 132, Korea
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  • F. Wagner

    1. Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Technical University Braunschweig, Bültenweg 17, D-3300 Braunschweig, Federal Republic of Germany
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Abstract

The cultural conditions for the production of enhanced formation of L-serine (up to 7 g/L) are described with the methylotrophic bacterium Pseudomonas 3 ab (DSM 672). The batch process is divided into three parts: (1) the biomass production phase, (2) substrate limitation period, and (3) L-serine accumulation phase. The initial specific production rate of qp = 0.1 g L-serine/g dry wt/h is based on the inhibition of the L-serine pathway. This is accomplished by high precursor concentrations (glycine) and a pH shift to pH 8.5. The enzymatic background is discussed. Furthermore, a coupling of the L-serine process with a L-tryptophan-producing process is demonstrated.

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