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Enhancement of schizophyllan production in Schizophyllum commune using microparticles in medium


Schizophyllum commune is a wood-rotting filamentous fungus that secrets a homopolysaccharide called as schizophyllan. Schizophyllan has several applications such as enhanced oil recovery, pharmaceutical materials and an anti-cancer drug carrier. Biomass growth and schizophyllan production increase the viscosity of the cultivation medium, thus resulting in mass transfer limitation for the substrate. In this study, adding talc and aluminium oxide microparticles into the cultivation medium was studied to improve the fungal growth and morphology. The response surface methodology and one factor at a time were applied to find the effects of microparticles with different sizes and concentrations on the schizophyllan production. The optimum concentration and size of aluminium oxide microparticles were obtained as 20 g L−1 and < 30 µm, respectively. Aluminium oxide microparticles in shake flask culture caused to increase the schizophyllan production from 10 to 15 g L−1 and decrease the cultivation time from 10 to 7 days. The production yield also increased from 0.11 to 0.30 g of schizophyllan/g glucose. Bioreactor cultivation showed a twofold increase in schizophyllan production from 1.5 to 3 g L−1. The results of this study suggested a significant increase in the production of schizophyllan using a low-cost “microparticle-enhanced cultivation” without any further optimization of the culture medium.

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The authors are grateful to thank Dr. Alireza Chackoshian Khorasani and Mahdi Soleimani SalehAbadi for their technical supports and assistance during this work.

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Alizadeh, V., Shojaosadati, S.A. & Zamir, S.M. Enhancement of schizophyllan production in Schizophyllum commune using microparticles in medium. Bioprocess Biosyst Eng 44, 317–328 (2021).

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  • Schizophyllan
  • Schizophyllum commune
  • Microparticles
  • Aluminium oxide
  • Talc
  • Optimization