Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 82, Issue 3, pp 199–208 | Cite as

Biosynthesis of poly-β-hydroxybutyrate and exopolysaccharides on azotobacter chroococcum strain 6B utilizing simple and complex carbon sources

  • Javier C. Quagliano
  • Silvia S. MiyazakiEmail author


Coproduction of poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) and exopolysaccharides (EPS) was investigated with Azotobacter chroococcum strain 6B isolated from soil samples. The bacterium was cultured using various carbon sources solely or with 0.1 g/L of ammonium sulfate. Ammonium addition resulted in reduced PHB and EPS production with glucose, fructose, and sucrose media, but cellular mass remained constant except for sucrose. Protein was nearly twofold higher in ammonium-grown cultures. Glucose and fructose alone biosynthesized high amounts of EPS (maximum 2.1 and 1.1 g/L, respectively, at 72 h), whereas PHB was accumulated only in glucose-grown cells. Sucrose almost did not produce EPS. Conversely, PHB content was the highest obtained from all experimented conditions (1.1 g/L at 48 h, 40% cell dry wt). When a complex carbon source such as sugar cane molasses was utilized, PHB was accumulated concomitant with EPS production from the initial time to 48 h (0.75 g/L, 37% cell dry wt and 0.6 g/L, respectively), and then PHB decayed at 72 h (0.2 g/L). On the other hand, EPS continued to be biosynthesized (1.1 g/L, 72 h). PHB fractions of total intra- and extracellular biopolymers were calculated. Sucrose-modified Burk’s medium without ammonium addition is suggested as a medium capable of diverting the carbon source for the production of intracellular PHB rather than EPS with A. chroococcum 6B.

Index Entries

Poly-β-hydroxybutyrate exopolysaccharides coproduction Azotobacter chroococcum complex carbon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas en Microorganismos (CIBEM), Microbiología, Facultad de AgronomíaUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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