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The production of adipoyl-7-aminodeacetoxy-cephalosporanic acid (ad-7-ADCA) was studied, using two recombinant strains of Penicillium chrysogenum carrying the expandase gene from Streptomyces clavuligerus. The adipoyl-side chain of this compound may easily be removed using an amidase; and this process therefore represents a new route for the production of 7-ADCA, which serves as a precursor for the production of many semi-synthetic cephalosporins. In this study, one low- and one high-yielding strains were characterised and the specific productivities of ad-7-ADCA and byproducts of the biosynthetic pathway were compared. The fluxes through the biosynthetic pathway were quantified and it was found that there was a 30% higher flux through the expandase in the high-yielding strain. In both strains, there was a significant degradation of adipate. Furthermore, the initial adipate concentration in batch cultures was shown to have a positive effect on the formation of ad-7-ADCA.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)357-362
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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