Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 77, Issue 1–3, pp 211–222 | Cite as

2-Deoxyglucose as a selective agent for derepressed mutants of Pichia stipitis

  • Hassan K. Sreenath
  • Thomas W. JeffriesEmail author


The glucose analog 2-deoxyglucose (2-DOG) has been used to obtain mutants depressed for pentose metabolism. Some researchers have used 2-DOG alone whereas others have used it in the presence of a glucose-repressible carbon source. We examined both methods and screened mutant strains for improved use of xylose in the presence of glucose. Pichia stipitis mutants selected for growth on d-xylose in the presence of 2-DOG used xylose from a 1∶1 glucose:xylose mixture more rapidly than did their parents. One of these mutants, FPL-DX26, completely consumed xylose in the presence of glucose and produced 33g/L ethanol in 45h from 80 g/L of this sugar mixture. Mutants selected for growth on 2-DOG alone did not show significant improvement. Selection for growth on d-xylose in the presence of 2-DOG has been useful in developing parental strains for further genetic manipulation.

Index Entries

Pichia stipitis mutation selection 2-deoxyglucose (2-DOG) fermentation ethanol glucose repression 

Terms for Kinetic Factors


Specific growth rate (/h)


volumetric sugar uptake rate (g/L/h)


specific sugar uptake rate (g/g/h)


volumetric ethanol production rate (g/L/h)


specific ethanol production rate (g/g/h)


ethanol yield (g/g)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forest Products LaboratoryInstitute of Microbial Biochemical TechnologyMadison
  2. 2.Department of BacteriologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison

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