Efficiency of selected mutagens in generating Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous strains hyperproducing astaxanthin

Barbara Stachowiak
2013 Polish Journal of Microbiology  
Astaxanthin is a xanthophill pigment with commercial application in the aquaculture, pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries. The red yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous is one of the most promising microorganisms for its industrial production. However, astaxanthin content in wild yeast strains is low. Pigment production by X. dendrorhous can be improved by mutagenesis. The aim of the study was to assess the efficiency of four mutagens: UV radiation, benomyl, ethyl methanesulfonate and
more » ... nesulfonate and ethidium bromide in generating asthaxanthin-hyperproducing strains of the yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous DSM 5626. Mutations with benomyl, ethidium bromide and UV radiation generated a group of hyperpigmented mutants exhibiting increases up to 100% in astaxanthin content. Ethyl methanesulfonate turned out to be useless in this respect.
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