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Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering >> 2007, Volume 1, Issue 4 doi: 10.1007/s11705-007-0077-6

Metabolic flux analysis on arachidonic acid fermentation

College of Life Science and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009, China;

Available online:2007-12-05

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The analysis of flux distributions in metabolic networks has become an important approach for understanding the fermentation characteristics of the process. A model of metabolic flux analysis of arachidonic acid (AA) synthesis in ME-1 was established and carbon flux distributions were estimated in different fermentation phases with different concentrations of N-source. During the exponential, decelerating and stationary phase, carbon fluxes to AA were 3.28%, 8.80% and 6.97%, respectively, with sufficient N-source broth based on the flux of glucose uptake, and those were increased to 3.95%, 19.21% and 39.29%, respectively, by regulating the shifts of carbon fluxes via fermentation with limited N-source broth and adding 0.05% NaNO at 96 h. Eventually AA yield was increased from 1.3 to 3.5 g · L. These results suggest a way to improve AA fermentation, that is, fermentation with limited N-source broth and adding low concentration N-source during the stationary phase.

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