Correlation between aeration and ergosterol production by yeasts

Corina Ciobanu1, Alexandra Tucaliuc1, Dan Cascaval1, Marius Turnea2, Anca-Irina Galaction2

1 "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi, Dept. of Biochemical Engineering, D. Mangeron 73, 700050 Iasi, Romania
2 "Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Dept. of Biomedical Science, M. Kogalniceanu 9-13, 700454 Iasi, Romania


The present study represents an extension of ergosterol production by Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation processes using oxygen-vector by establishing the influence of the analyzed main factors, such as aeration efficiency and hydrocarbon concentration. The study has been developed for batch and fed-batch fermentation systems and has been focused on the variation of ergosterol content inside the yeast cells during the fermentation cycle in correlation with hydrocarbon volumetric fraction, COV, glucose concentration, CG, and air superficial velocity, vS. Moreover, the variation of ergosterol content has been discussed in relation to the oxygen mass transfer coefficient, kLa. The experimental results obtained in both fermentation systems were quantified in two mathematical correlations describing the influences of the mentioned main parameters on ergosterol concentration, CE. These two equations have the general expression, with the experiments, the average deviations being .5.94% for batch fermentation and .4.18% for fed-batchfermentation.


air superficial velocity; ergosterol; n-dodecane; oxygen-vector; Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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