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Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 259–272 | Cite as

Effects of bioreactor hydrodynamics on the physiology of Streptomyces

  • E. OlmosEmail author
  • N. Mehmood
  • L. Haj Husein
  • J.-L. Goergen
  • M. Fick
  • S. Delaunay
Mini Review

Abstract

Streptomyces are filamentous bacteria which are widely used industrially for the production of therapeutic biomolecules, especially antibiotics. Bioreactor operating conditions may impact the physiological response of Streptomyces especially agitation and aeration as they influence hydromechanical stress, oxygen and nutrient transfer. The understanding of the coupling between physiological response and bioreactor hydrodynamics lies on a simultaneous description of the flow and transfers encountered by the bacteria and of the microbial response in terms of growth, consumption, morphology, production or intracellular signals. This article reviews the experimental and numerical works dedicated to the study of the coupling between bioreactor hydrodynamics and antibiotics producing Streptomyces. In a first part, the description of hydrodynamics used in these works is presented and then the main relations used. In a second part, the assumptions made in these works are discussed and put into emphasize. Lastly, the various Streptomyces physiological responses observed are detailed and compared.

Keywords

Bioreactor Hydrodynamics Streptomyces Mass transfer Antibiotic production 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Olmos
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • N. Mehmood
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Haj Husein
    • 1
    • 2
  • J.-L. Goergen
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Fick
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Delaunay
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CNRSVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  2. 2.CNRSUniversité de LorraineVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance

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