Characterization of L-lysine-producing mutants isolated by FACS from a library of chemically mutagenized wild type cells. (a) The spectrum of L-lysine accumulation in the culture supernatant of 120 mutants obtained using FACS selection. Mutants were grown in minimal medium with 4% (w/v) glucose and lysine concentrations determined after 48 h. (b) Specific culture fluorescence was determined for 40 arbitrarily chosen mutants. Two clusters are apparent after applying an expectation maximization (EM) algorithm to construct a distribution containing maximum likelihood estimates of the parameters in a Gaussian mixture model with two components for data in the 40-by-2 data matrix . The heat bar on the right gives the probability of clones belonging to cluster one, which corresponds to that with the flat curve. The probability of clones belonging to cluster two, corresponding to that with the steep curve, uses the same heat bar with the highest probability in blue and lowest in red. The four gray circles marked (1) to (4) give lysine accumulation and specific fluorescence for the defined recombinants DM1728 (1), DM1800 (2), DM1730 (3), and DM1919 (4) used in Figure 1a. RU, relative units.
Binder et al. Genome Biology 2012 13:R40 doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-5-r40