Improved cellulase expression in diploid yeast strains enhanced consolidated bioprocessing of pretreated corn residues
den Haan, Riaan
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In an effort to find a suitable genetic background for efficient cellulolytic secretion, genetically diverse strains were transformed to produce core fungal cellulases namely, β-glucosidase (BGLI), endoglucanase (EGII) and cellobiohydrolase (CBHI) in various combinations and expression configurations. The secreted enzyme activity levels, gene copy number, substrate specificities, as well as hydrolysis and fermentation yields of the transformants were analysed. The effectiveness of the partially cellulolytic yeast transformants to convert two different pre-treated corn residues, namely corn cob and corn husk was then explored.