Streptomyces peucetius cells were immobilized by entrapment in calcium alginate and a photosensitive synthetic polymer, and used for the production of daunorubicin (daunomycin), which is known to be an antitumour reagent. The use of cultivation media removed insoluble components in a natural medium prevented rapid decrease in daunorubicin titer after maximum production. These entrapped cells could be used at least five times for repeated daunorubicin production; the total cultivation period was 45 days.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology