Production and characterization of an exopolysaccharide by yeast

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Antarctic yeast strains were investigated for exopolysaccharide biosynthesis and the Sporobolomyces salmonicolor AL1 strain was selected. It was studied for exopolysaccharide biosynthesis on different carbon and nitrogen sources. The investigations showed that sucrose and ammonium sulphate were suitable culture medium components for polymer biosynthesis. Exopolysaccharide formation by the yeast strain was accompanied by a decrease in the culture medium pH value from the initial pH 5.3 to pH 1.7–2.0. During the biosynthetic process, the dynamic viscosity of the culture broth increased to the maximum value of 15.37 mPas and the polysaccharide yield reached 5.63 g/l on a culture medium containing 5.00% sucrose and 0.25% ammonium sulphate at a temperature of 22 °C for 120 h. The crude polysaccharide obtained from Sp. salmonicolor AL1 featured high purity (90.16% of carbon content) and consisted of glucose (54.1%), mannose (42.6%) and fucose (3.3%). Pure mannan containing 98.6% of mannose was isolated from it.

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