Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 60, Issue 5, pp 457–464 | Cite as

Precursor directed biosynthesis of odd-numbered fatty acids by different yeasts

  • Tomáš ŘezankaEmail author
  • Irena Kolouchová
  • Karel Sigler


Precursor-directed biosynthesis was used for directed preparation of positional isomers of heptadecanoic acid (17:1), which have convenient pharmacological properties. Cultivation of Candida sp., Kluyveromyces polysporus, Rhodotorula glutinis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Torulaspora delbrueckii, Trichosporon cutaneum, and Yarrowia lipolytica on 20 g/L glucose, 4 g/L acetic, or 4 g/L propionic acids yielded different proportions of 17:1. Cultivation on carbon sources with even numbers of carbon atoms (glucose and acetic acid) produced preferentially 8Z- and 10Z-heptadecenoic acids in about equal amounts, in agreement with the proposed biosynthesis of fatty acids, whereas cultivation on propionic acid as the only carbon source produced over 90 % of total fatty acids of 9-17:1 out of all possible positional isomers. The structures of positional isomers of 17:1 acid were determined using dimethyl disulfides of fatty acid methyl esters. In cultivation of Candida sp. on propionic acid, the yield of heptadecenoic acid reached 111 mg/L cultivation medium. Principal component analysis was used for identifying the effect of cultivation conditions on the production of the 17:1 acid by individual yeast strains.


Powdery Mildew Propionic Acid Positional Isomer Dimethyl Disulfide Picolinyl 
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The research was supported by GACR projects P503/11/0215 and P503 14-00227S, and by Institutional Research Concept RVO61388971.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomáš Řezanka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Irena Kolouchová
    • 2
  • Karel Sigler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of MicrobiologyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyUniversity of Chemistry and Technology PraguePragueCzech Republic

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