2014 Volume 33 Issue 2 Pages 85-90
To optimize culture conditions that enhance production of a highly viscous exopolysaccharide of Lactobacillus fermentum TDS030603, a chemically defined medium was examined. The best yield was found to be 199 ± 23 mg/l when 48-hr cultivation was microaerobically performed at 30°C in the chemically defined medium supplemented with 5% glucose and 1% ammonium citrate without pH control. In response to the optimized exopolysaccharide production, the mRNA expression levels of epsB, epsE, and epsG elevated significantly. Our results indicated that the optimal C/N ratio and/or microaerobic condition can alter the expression levels of several exopolysaccharide biosynthesis-related genes promoting the exopolysaccharide production yield.