Xylitol production by a Pichia stipitis D-xylulokinase mutant

Yong Su Jin, Jose Cruz, Thomas W. Jeffries

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Xylitol production by Pichia stipitis FPL-YS30, a xyl3-Δ1 mutant that metabolizes xylose using an alternative metabolic pathway, was investigated under aerobic and oxygen-limited culture conditions. Under both culture conditions, FPL-YS30 (xyl3-Δ1) produced a negligible amount of ethanol and converted xylose mainly into xylitol with comparable yields (0.30 and 0.27 g xylitol/g xylose). However, xylose consumption increased five-fold under aerobic compared to oxygen-limited conditions. This suggests that the efficiency of the alternative route of xylose assimilation is affected by respiration. As a result, the FPL-YS30 strain produced 26 g/l of xylitol, and exhibited a higher volumetric productivity (0.22 g xylitol l-1 h-1) under aerobic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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