Isolation of a novel strain Aspergillus niger WH-2 for production of L(+)-tartaric acid under acidic condition.

Isolation of a novel strain Aspergillus niger WH-2 for production of L(+)-tartaric acid under acidic condition.

Biotechnol Lett. 2020 Jan 18;:

Authors: Bao W, Liao H, Chen Y, Huang Q, Huang W, Fang R, Liu S

Abstract
OBJECTIVES: To isolate a novel cis-epoxysuccinate hydrolase (CESH)-producing fungus for production of L( +)-tartaric acid, before this, all strains were selected from bacteria.
RESULTS: A CESH-producing fungus was first isolated from soil and identified as Aspergillus niger WH-2 based on its morphological properties and ITS sequence. The maximum activity of hyphaball and fermentation supernatants was 1278 ± 64 U/g and 5.6 ± 0.3 U/mL, respectively, in a 5 L fermenter based on the conditions optimized on the flask. Almost 70% of CESH was present in hyphaball, which maintained 40% residual activity at pH 4.0 and showed a good acid stability (pH 3.0-10.0), high conversion rate (> 98%), and enantioselectivity (EE > 99.6%). However, the reported CESHs from bacteria can’t be catalyzed under acidic conditions.
CONCLUSIONS: The Aspergillus niger WH-2 was the first reported CESH-producing fungus, which could biosynthesize L ( +)-tartaric acid under acidic conditions and provide an alternative catalyst and process.

PMID: 31955308 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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