Influence of intra- and extracellular sucrases of Zymomonas mobilis on the ethanol production and by-product formation

T. R. Kannan, G. Sangiliyandi, P. Gunasekaran

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A spontaneous mutant of Zymomonas mobilis LS1A lacking intracellular sucrase SacA was isolated from a levan-sucrase mutant of Z. mobilis LS1. The intracellular sucrase SacA does not have a role in sucrose hydrolysis and fermentation. The amount of the extracellular levan-sucrase SacB produced by the strain B-806 was about one third of the total sucrase activity. In the absence of the SacB, the strains LS1 and LS1A did not produce levan during sucrose fermentation. The extracellular sucrase SacC was sufficient for the complete hydrolysis of sucrose for fermentation. The low hydrolysis rate of sucrose was responsible for the increased amount of ethanol production (37.5 g/l to 44.2 g/l) and the decreased amount of sorbitol production (4.5 g/l to 1.2 g/l) by the strains LS1 and LS1A.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-664
Number of pages4
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 13 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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