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Title: Display of phytase on the cell surface of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to degrade phytate phosphorus and improve bioethanol production
Authors: Xiao, Yan 
Shen, Wei 
Govender, Algasan 
Zhang, Liang 
Xianzhong, Chen 
Keywords: Bioethanol;Saccharomyces cerevisiae;Phytase;Surface-displaying expression
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Source: Xianzhong, C. et a. 2016. Display of phytase on the cell surface of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to degrade phytate phosphorus and rove bioethanol production. Bioenergy and Biofuels. 100: 2449–2458
Journal: Applied microbiology and biotechnology 
Currently, development of biofuels as an alternative fuel has gained much attention due to resource and environ-mental challenges. Bioethanol is one of most important and dominant biofuels, and production using corn or cassava as raw materials has become a prominent technology. However, phytate contained in the raw material not only decreases the efficiency of ethanol production, but also leads to an increase in the discharge of phosphorus, thus impacting on the environment. In this study, to decrease phytate and its phos-phorus content in an ethanol fermentation process, Saccharomyces cerevisiae was engineered through a surface-displaying system utilizing the C-terminal half of the yeast α-agglutinin protein. The recombinant yeast strain, PHY, was constructed by successfully displaying phytase on the surface of cells, and enzyme activity reached 6.4 U/g wet biomass weight. Ethanol productions using various strains were com-pared, and the results demonstrated that the specific growth rate and average fermentation rate of the PHY strain were higher 20 and 18 %, respectively, compared to the control strain S. cerevisiae CICIMY0086, in a 5-L bioreactor process by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation. More im-portantly, the phytate phosphorus concentration decreased by 89.8 % and free phosphorus concentration increased by 142.9 % in dry vinasse compared to the control in a 5-L bio-reactor. In summary, we constructed a recombinant S. cerevisiae strain displaying phytase on the cell surface, which could improve ethanol production performance and effectively reduce the discharge of phosphorus. The strain reported here represents a useful novel engineering platform for developing an environment-friendly system for bioethanol production from a corn substrate.
ISSN: 0175-7598
DOI: 10.1007/s00253-015-7170-4
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