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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A macrokinetic modelling of the biosynthesis of lovastatin by Aspergillus terreus.

In this work a simple kinetic model to describe the biosynthesis of lovastatin by Aspergillus terreus ATCC 20542 was proposed. Several series of experiments were conducted at different media compositions. The concentrations of C- and N-sources were changed over a wide range and so were the initial biomass concentrations. From these runs the relationships ruling the substrates uptake, biomass and product formation were learnt. Lovastatin biosynthesis appeared to be partly growth associated. The inhibitive effect of organic nitrogen on lovastatin biosynthesis was found and lactose appeared to be an important limiting substrate in the formation of lovastatin. The parameters of the model were evaluated on the basis of the kinetic data obtained in the separate experiments made in triplicate at two chosen media compositions. Other results obtained at different media compositions were independent of the ones mentioned above and used for the verification of the model. The validity of the model was also examined for the lactose-fed fed-batch run. Finally, a sensitivity analysis of the model parameters was performed. The formulated model, although relatively simplified, described the experimental data quite well and could be regarded as the background for further attempts to mathematically describe the process of lovastatin biosynthesis.[1]


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