Five cell suspension lines of Catharanthus roseus resistant to 5-methyl tryptophan (5-MT; an analogue of tryptophan) were selected and characterized for growth, free tryptophan content and terpenoid indole alkaloid accumulation. These lines showed differential tolerance to analogue-induced growth inhibition by 30 to 70 mg/l 5-MT supplementation (LD50 = 7–15 mg/l). Lines P40, D40, N30, D50 and P70 recorded growth indices (i.e. percent increment over the initial inoculum weight) of 840.9, 765.0, 643.9, 585.7 and 356.5 in the absence and, 656.7, 573.9, 705.8, 489.0 and 236.0 in the presence of 5-MT after 40 days of culture, respectively. A corresponding increment in the free tryptophan level ranging from 46.7 to 160.0 μg/g dry weight in the absence and 168.0 to 468.0 μg/g dry weight in the presence was noted in the variant lines. Higher tryptophan accumulation of 368.0 and 468.0 g/g dry weight in lines N30 and P40 in 5-MT presence also resulted in higher alkaloid accumulation (0.65 to 0.90 % dry weight) in them. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of the crude alkaloid extracts of the selected lines did not show the presence of any pharmaceutically important monomeric or dimeric alkaloids except catharanthine in traces in the N30 line that was also unique in terms of a chlorophyllous green phenotype. The N30 line under optimized up-scaling conditions in a 7-l stirred tank bioreactor using Murashige and Skoog medium containing 2 mg/l α-naphthalene acetic acid and 0.2 mg/l kinetin attained 18-folds biomass accumulation within 8 weeks. Interestingly, the cell biomass yield was enhanced to 30-folds if 30 mg/l 5-MT was added in the bioreactor vessel one week prior to harvest. Crude alkaloid extract of the cells grown in shake flask and this bioreactor batch also showed the formation of yellow-coloured crystals which upon 1HNMR and ESI-MS analysis indicated a phenolic identity. This crude alkaloid extract of bioreactor-harvested cells containing this compound at 50 μg/ml concentration registered 65.21, 17.75, 97.0, 100 % more total antioxidant capacity, reducing power, total phenolic content, and ferric-reducing antioxidant power, respectively, when compared with that of extracts of cells grown in shake flask cultures. The latter, however, showed 57.47 % better radical scavenging activity (DPPH) than the bioreactor-harvested cells.
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