Kristiina J Kiviharju

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Ten heterofermentative lactic acid bacteria were compared in their ability to produce D-mannitol from D-fructose in a resting state. The best strain, Leuconostoc mesenteroides ATCC-9135, was examined in high cell density membrane cell-recycle cultures. High volumetric mannitol productivity (26.2 g l−1 h−1) and mannitol yield (97 mol%) were achieved. Using(More)
L-Ribulose is a rare and expensive sugar that can be used as a precursor for the production of other rare sugars of high market value such as L-ribose. In this work we describe a production process for L-ribulose using L-arabinose, a common component of polymers of lignocellulosic materials, as the starting material. A ribulokinase-deficient mutant of the(More)
Two on-line probes for biomass measurement in bioreactor cultivations were evaluated. One probe is based on near infrared (NIR) light absorption and the other on dielectric spectroscopy. The probes were used to monitor biomass production in cultivations of several different microorganisms. Differences in NIR probe response compared to off-line measurement(More)
Factors affecting the production of the rare sugar l-xylulose from xylitol using resting cells were investigated. An E. coli BPT228 strain that recombinantly expresses a gene for xylitol dehydrogenase was used in the experiments. The ratio of xylitol to l-xylulose was three times lower in the cytoplasm than in the medium. The effects of pH, temperature,(More)
Biomass measurement is one of the most critical measurements in biotechnological processes. The technologies developed for the measurement of biomass in situ have developed over the years. Because it has been over 10 years since the last review concentrating on practical issues concerning biomass measurements, it is time to evaluate recent developments in(More)
Streptomyces peucetius var. caesius is an aerobic bacterium that produces doxorubicin as a secondary metabolite. A mixture design was applied for the screening of suitable complex medium components in the cultivation of S. peucetius var. caesius N47, which is an ε-rhodomycinone-accumulating mutant strain. ε-Rhodomycinone is a non-glycosylated precursor of(More)
l-Ribose is a rare and expensive sugar that can be used as a precursor for the production of l-nucleoside analogues, which are used as antiviral drugs. In this work, we describe a novel way of producing l-ribose from the readily available raw material l-arabinose. This was achieved by introducing l-ribose isomerase activity into l-ribulokinase-deficient(More)
D-Mannitol is a sugar alcohol with applications in chemistry, food and pharmaceutical industries, and medicine. Commercially, mannitol is produced by catalytic hydrogenation. Although this process is widely used, it is not optimal for mannitol production. New processes, including chemical, enzymatic, and microbial processes, are frequently developed and(More)
This study focuses on comparing different kinetic growth models and the use of neural networks in the batch cultivation of Streptomyces peucetius var. caesius producing epsilon-rhodomycinone. Contois, Monod and Teissier microbial growth models were used as well as the logistic growth modeling approach, which was found best in the simulations of growth and(More)
Bifidobacteria are used as probiotics mainly in the dairy industry as cell suspensions or as freeze-dried additives. So far there have been no reports on a thorough investigation on factors influencing the production process or a statistical approach to the optimization thereof. A 2(8-4) fractional factorial design was used in determining the critical(More)