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Kinetics and Metabolism of Cellulose Degradation at High Substrate Concentrations in Steady-State Continuous Cultures of Clostridium cellulolyticum on a Chemically Defined Medium

Abstract : The hydrolysis and fermentation of insoluble cellulose were investigated using continuous cultures of Clostridium cellulolyticum with increasing amounts of carbon substrate. At a dilution rate (D) of 0.048 h ؊1 , biomass formation increased proportionately to the cellulose concentration provided by the feed reservoir, but at and above 7.6 g of cellulose liter ؊1 the cell density at steady state leveled off. The percentage of cellulose degradation declined from 32.3 to 8.3 with 1.9 and 27.0 g of cellulose liter ؊1 , respectively, while cellodextrin accumulation rose and represented up to 4.0% of the original carbon consumed. The shift from cellulose-limited to cellulose-sufficient conditions was accompanied by an increase of both the acetate/ethanol ratio and lactate biosynthesis. A kinetics study of C. cellulolyticum metabolism in cellulose saturation was performed by varying D with 18.1 g of cellulose liter ؊1. Compared to cellulose limitation (M. Desvaux, E. Guedon, and H. Petitdemange, J. Bacteriol. 183:119-130, 2001), in cellulose-sufficient continuous culture (i) the ATP/ADP, NADH/NAD ؉ , and q NADH produced /q NADH used ratios were higher and were related to a more active catabolism, (ii) the acetate/ethanol ratio increased while the lactate production decreased as D rose, and (iii) the maximum growth yield (Y X/S max) (40.6 g of biomass per mol of hexose equivalent) and the maximum energetic yield (Y ATP max) (19.4 g of biomass per mol of ATP) were lowered. C. cellulolyticum was then able to regulate and optimize carbon metabolism under cellulose-saturated conditions. However, the facts that some catabolized hexose and hence ATP were no longer associated with biomass production with a cellulose excess and that concomitantly lactate production and pyruvate leakage rose suggest the accumulation of an intracellular inhibitory compound(s), which could further explain the establishment of steady-state continuous cultures under conditions of excesses of all nutrients. The following differences were found between growth on cellulose in this study and growth under cellobiose-sufficient conditions (E. Guedon, S. Payot, M. Desvaux, and H. Petitdemange, Biotechnol. Bioeng. 67:327-335, 2000): (i) while with cellobiose, a carbon flow into the cell of as high as 5.14 mmol of hexose equivalent g of cells ؊1 h ؊1 could be reached, the maximum entering carbon flow obtained here on cellulose was 2.91 mmol of hexose equivalent g of cells ؊1 h ؊1 ; (ii) while the NADH/NAD ؉ ratio could reach 1.51 on cellobiose, it was always lower than 1 on cellulose; and (iii) while a high proportion of cellobiose was directed towards exopolysaccharide, extracellular protein, and free amino acid excretions, these overflows were more limited under cellulose-excess conditions. Such differences were related to the carbon consumption rate, which was higher on cellobiose than on cellulose.
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Mickael Desvaux, Emmanuel Guedon, Henri Petitdemange. Kinetics and Metabolism of Cellulose Degradation at High Substrate Concentrations in Steady-State Continuous Cultures of Clostridium cellulolyticum on a Chemically Defined Medium. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, 2001, 67 (9), pp.3837 - 3845. ⟨10.1128/AEM.67.9.3837-3845.2001⟩. ⟨hal-02910803⟩



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