Ethanol production from lignocellulosic hydrolysates using engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae harboring xylose isomerase-based pathway

Ja Kyong Ko, Youngsoon Um, Han Min Woo, Kyoung Heon Kim, Sun Mi Lee

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The efficient co-fermentation of glucose and xylose is necessary for the economically feasible bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. Even with xylose utilizing Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the efficiency of the lignocellulosic ethanol production remains suboptimal mainly due to the low conversion yield of xylose to ethanol. In this study, we evaluated the co-fermentation performances of SXA-R2P-E, a recently engineered isomerase-based xylose utilizing strain, in mixed sugars and in lignocellulosic hydrolysates. In a high-sugar fermentation with 70 g/L of glucose and 40 g/L of xylose, SXA-R2P-E produced 50 g/L of ethanol with an yield of 0.43 g ethanol/g sugars at 72 h. From dilute acid-pretreated hydrolysates of rice straw and hardwood (oak), the strain produced 18-21 g/L of ethanol with among the highest yield of 0.43-0.46 g ethanol/g sugars ever reported. This study shows a highly promising potential of a xylose isomerase-expressing strain as an industrially relevant ethanol producer from lignocellulosic hydrolysates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-296
Number of pages7
JournalBioresource technology
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge Dr. Hal S. Alper at The University of Texas at Austin for providing the strain of SXA-R2P-E. This research was supported by the R&D Convergence Program of NST ( National Research Council of Science & Technology ) of Republic of Korea/Korea Institute of Science and Technology ( KIST ), and the New & Renewable Energy Core Technology Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning ( KETEP ) granted financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy , Republic of Korea (No. 20153030091360 ).

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • Co-fermentation
  • Ethanol
  • Lignocellulosic hydrolysate
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Xylose isomerase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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