Various oils and detergents enhance the microbial production of farnesol and related prenyl alcohols

J Biosci Bioeng. 2008 Sep;106(3):263-7. doi: 10.1263/jbb.106.263.


The object of this research was improvement of prenyl alcohol production with squalene synthase-deficient mutant Saccharomyces cerevisiae ATCC 64031. On screening of many kinds of additives, we found that oils and detergents significantly enhanced the extracellular production of prenyl alcohols. Soybean oil showed the most prominent effect among the additives tested. Its effect was accelerated by a high concentration of glucose in the medium. The combination of these cultivation conditions led to the production of more than 28 mg/l of farnesol in the soluble fraction of the broth. The addition of these compounds to the medium was an effective method for large-scale production of prenyl alcohols with microorganisms.

MeSH terms

  • Detergents / pharmacology*
  • Farnesol / metabolism*
  • Farnesyl-Diphosphate Farnesyltransferase / genetics
  • Farnesyl-Diphosphate Farnesyltransferase / metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Neoprene / metabolism*
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / drug effects
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism*
  • Species Specificity


  • Detergents
  • Plant Oils
  • prenyl
  • Farnesol
  • Neoprene
  • Farnesyl-Diphosphate Farnesyltransferase