Improved (R)-phenylacetylcarbinol production with Candida utilis pyruvate decarboxylase at decreased organic to aqueous phase volume ratios

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Biotechnology Letters, 2008, 30 (2), pp. 281 - 286
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The effect of decreasing the organic (octanol) to aqueous phase volume ratio was evaluated in a two-phase enzymatic process for (R)- phenylacetylcarbinol (PAC) production. Decreasing the ratio from 1:1 to 0.43:1 at 4°C increased PAC in the organic phase from 112 g/l to 183 g/l with a 10% improvement in overall productivity. Interestingly, the rate of enzyme (pyruvate decarboxylase) activity loss was unaffected by the reduced phase ratio over the reaction period (48 h). At 20°C and 0.43:1 phase ratio the organic phase PAC concentration increased to 212 g/l and the overall productivity increased by 30% although the PAC yield (based on pyruvate) declined by about 10% due to greater byproduct acetoin formation at the higher temperature. Product recovery in such a system is facilitated both by the higher PAC concentration and the reduced organic phase volume. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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