Cellular Systems

Chenyu Du, Colin Webb

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Biotechnology plays an increasingly important role in the twenty-first century. In the past few decades, a wide variety of biosynthesis processes have been developed and applied throughout the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, food, energy, chemical industry, and many other fields. This article briefly introduces the recent progress in cellular systems in bioprocesses, including bacteria, yeasts, filamentous fungi, algae, plant cells, and animal cells. It also covers stem cells and man-made artificial cells, which develop rapidly and show promising potential in future therapy of human diseases. The emphasis has been mainly focused on heterologous protein expressions and the production of biochemicals, biofuels, and biopolymers using various cellular systems. The cell culture conditions, for example, solid-state fermentation and immobilized cell fermentation, are also discussed. It is expected to significantly reduce the energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission by applying bioconversion processes using either whole cells or enzymes produced from cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Biotechnology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages13
Volume2: Engineering Fundamentals of Biotechnology
ISBN (Electronic)9780080885049
ISBN (Print)9780444533524
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


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