, Volume 19, Issue 7, pp 659-663

1,3-Propanediol oxidoreductase production with Klebsiella pneumoniae DSM2026

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We report a Klebsiella pneumoniae DSM2026 fermentation procedure for the efficient production of a key enzyme of 1,3-propanediol formation: 1,3-propanediol oxidoreductase (E.C. The fermentation process is composed of an aerobic batch phase on glucose and glycerol and an anaerobic phase on glycerol. The role of the aerobic phase is to produce sufficiently high cell mass (12.9–14.6 g/l dry weight) and to activate the aerobic branch of the Klebsiella glycerol pathway, whereas in the anaerobic phase there is a rapid initiation of 1,3-propanediol oxidoreductase formation. A fast change from an aerobic to an anaerobic environment led to a redox imbalance, which resulted in the abrupt activation of the anaerobic branch of glycerol utilization, with the occurrence of a high 1,3-propanediol-oxidoreductase activity. A mathematical model with substrate inhibition showed that the adequate glycerol concentration for enzyme production was 14–16 g/l. The combination of the optimal substrate concentration together with the subsequent use of glucose and glycerol resulted in 90.6 ± 11.6 U enzyme activity referred to 1 l of fermentation broth and 10.3 ± 0.9 U/(1 h) productivity.