Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 131, Issue 1–3, pp 870–879 | Cite as

Selective utilization of fructose to glucose by Candida magnoliae, an erythritol producer

  • Ji-Hee Yu
  • Dae-Hee Lee
  • Yong-Joo Oh
  • Ki-Cheol Han
  • Yeon-Woo Ryu
  • Jin-Ho SeoEmail author
Session 5 Microbial Catalysis and Metabolic Engineering


Candida magnoliae isolated from honeycomb is an industrially important yeast with high erythritol-producing ability. Erythritol has been used as functional sugar substitute for various foods. In order to analyze the physiological properties of C. magnoliae, a study on sugar utilization pattern was carried out. The fermentation kinetics of glucose and fructose revealed that C. magnoliae has the discrepancy in glucose and fructose utilization when it produces erythritol. In contrast to most yeasts, C. magnoliae showed preference for fructose to glucose as a carbon source, deserving the designation of fructophilic yeast. Such a peculiar pattern of sugar utilization in C. magnoliae seems to be related to the evolutionary environment.

Index Entries

Candida magnoliae fructophilic yeast fructose utilization erythritol 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ji-Hee Yu
    • 1
  • Dae-Hee Lee
    • 1
  • Yong-Joo Oh
    • 1
  • Ki-Cheol Han
    • 2
  • Yeon-Woo Ryu
    • 3
  • Jin-Ho Seo
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Agricultural Biotechnology and Center for Agricultural BiomaterialsSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Korea Institute of Science and TechnologySeoulKorea
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Science and TechnologyAjou UniversitySuwonKorea

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