Turkish Journal of Biology




Around 200 different lipopeptides (LPs) have been identified to date, most of which are produced via Bacillus and Pseudomonas species. The clinical nature of the lipopeptide (LP) has led to a big surge in its research. They show antimicrobial and antitumor activities due to which mass-scale production and purification of LPs are beneficial. Response surface methodology (RSM) approach has emerged as an alternative in the field of computational biology for optimizing the reaction parameters using statistical models. In the present study, Pseudomonas sp. strain OXDC12 was used for production and partial purification of LPs using Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC). The main goal of the study was to increase the overall yield of LPs by optimizing the different variables in the fermentation broth. This was achieved using a combination of one factor at a time (OFAT) and response surface methodology (RSM) approaches. OFAT technique was used to optimize the necessary parameters and was followed by the creation of statistical models (RSM) to optimize the remaining variables. Maximum mycelial growth inhibition (%) against the fungus Mucor sp. was 61.3% for LP. Overall, the combination of both OFAT and RSM helped in increasing the LPs yield by 3 folds from 367mg/L to 1169mg/L.

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