The growth of Pichia pastoris Mut+ on methanol–glycerol mixtures fits to interactive dual-limited kinetics: model development and application to optimised fed-batch operation for heterologous protein production

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Abstract

The methanol–glycerol co-feeding during the induction stage for heterologous protein production in Pichia pastoris has shown significant productive applications. Available model analysis applied to this dual-limited condition is scarce and normally does not consider the interaction effects between the substrates. In this work, a dual-limited growth model of P. pastoris considering an interactive kinetic effect was applied to an optimised fed-batch process production of heterologous Rhizopus oryzae lipase (ROL). In the proposed model, the growth kinetics on glycerol is fully expressed, whereas methanol kinetics is modulated by the co-metabolisation of glycerol, resulting in an enhancing effect of glycerol-specific growth rate. The modelling approach of fed-batch cultures also included the methanol volatilisation caused by the aeration that was found to be a not-negligible phenomenon. The model predicts the ability of P. pastoris to keep control of the methanol concentration in the broth during ROL-optimised production process in fed batch and fits satisfactorily the specific cell growth rate and ROL production. Implications of interaction effect are discussed applying the general procedure of modelling approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1827-1838
Number of pages12
JournalBioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Additive-enhancing kinetic model
  • Dual-limited growth modelling
  • Fed-batch exponential feeding
  • Heterologous protein production
  • Methanol–glycerol mixed feeding
  • Pichia pastoris

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