Mycelial protoplast isolation and regeneration of Lentinus lepideus

Byong Kak Kim, Ju Hye Kang, Mirim Jin, Ha Won Kim, Mi Ja Shim, Eung Chil Choi

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Generation of fungal protoplast is essential for fusion and transformation systems. Protoplast fusion offers great potential for the improvement of industrially important microorganisms. To establish conditions for the protoplast isolation and regeneration of the mycelia of Lentinus lepideus, various enzymes and osmotic stabilizers were examined. To investigate suitable medium for the culture of L. lepideus, the mycelia were grown in ten different media at 28 °C for 10 days. Among them potato dextrose agar (PDA) medium was found to be the best for colony growth. When Novozym 234, cellulase and β-glucuronidase were added to the mycelia in combination or alone, Novozym 234 alone at the concentration of 10 mg/ml was the most effective for the protoplast yield. Purified spherical protoplasts of the mycelia were osmotically hypersensitive and further incubation of the mycelia with the lytic enzyme resulted in the older parts of the hyphae swollen. When we applied various osmotic stabilizers at the fixed concentration of 0.6 M on the protoplasts, the yields of protoplasts were increased until 4-hr incubation. However application of sucrose or MgSO4 led to further protection of protoplasts after that time and reached a plateau on 5- and 7-hr incubations, respectively. The suitable incubation time and optimal pH with the lyric enzyme for the maximum release of protoplasts were 6 hrs of incubation and pH 5, respectively. When we examined various osmotic stabilizers for the regeneration of the protoplast, the complete medium containing 0.6 M sucrose induced highest hyphal growth with regeneration frequency of 3.28 %.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1359-1367
Number of pages9
JournalLife sciences
Issue number14
StatePublished - Feb 25 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Basidiomycetes
  • Lentinus lepideus
  • Osmotic stabilizers
  • Protoplast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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    Kim, B. K., Kang, J. H., Jin, M., Kim, H. W., Shim, M. J., & Choi, E. C. (2000). Mycelial protoplast isolation and regeneration of Lentinus lepideus. Life sciences, 66(14), 1359-1367.