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Bioactive Compounds / Food Microbiology  |  Food Biotechnology

Microbiol. Biotechnol. Lett. 2019; 47(4): 530-535

Received: February 8, 2019; Accepted: April 14, 2019

누룩으로부터 자일리톨 생산능이 있는 내열성 효모 Millerozyma farinosa 균주의 분리

Isolation of Xylitol-Producing Thermotolerant Yeast Millerozyma farinosa from Nuruk

Eun-Hye Jung , Young-Woo Bae , Se-Young Kwun , Eun-Hee Park and Myoung-Dong Kim *

Division of Food Biotechnology and Biosystems Engineering, Kangwon National University

Diverse types of nuruks (traditional Korean fermentation initiators) were examined in order to isolate thermotolerant yeast strains capable of utilizing xylose as a carbon source. Among twenty yeast strains that grew at 46℃, MBY/L1597 showed a notably higher specific growth rate than other strains. This strain was identified as Millerozyma farinosa. While the control strain M. farinosa KCTC27412 (= CBS7064) did not show xylose reductase (XR) activity and apparent growth at 46℃, M. farinosa MBY/L1597 exhibited XR activity of 4.98 ± 0.49 U/mg protein when NADPH was used as a cofactor. M. farinosa MBY/L1597 cultured at 46℃ produced (9.87 ± 1.00 g/l) xylitol from 20 g/l xylose, corresponding to approximately 50% yield. M. farinosa MBY/L1597 was deposited at the Korean Collection for Type Cultures as KCTC27797.

Keywords: Tolerance, xylose reductase, xylitol, yeast, Millerozyma farinosa, Nuruk

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