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Development of recombinant Aspergillus oryzae whole-cell biocatalyst expressing lipase-encoding gene from Candida antarctica


To expand the industrial applications of Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB), we developed Aspergillus oryzae whole-cell biocatalyst expressing the lipase-encoding gene from C. antarctica. A. oryzae niaD300, which was derived from the wild type strain RIB40, was used as the host strain. The CALB gene was isolated from C. antarctica CBS6678 and expression plasmids were constructed with and without secretion signal peptide. The lipase gene was expressed under the control of improved glaA and pNo-8142 promoters of plasmids pNGA142 and pNAN8142, respectively. The Southern blot analysis demonstrated the successful integration of the CALB gene in the genome of A. oryzae. To determine the role of signal peptide, the expression plasmids were constructed with homologous and heterologous secretion signal sequences of triacylglycerol lipase gene (tglA) from A. oryzae and lipase B (CALB) from C. antarctica, respectively. The C-terminal FLAG tag does not alter the catalytic properties of the lipase enzyme and Western blotting analysis using anti-FLAG antibodies demonstrated the presence of cell wall and membrane bound lipase responsible for the biocatalytic activity of the whole-cell biocatalyst. The resultant recombinant A. oryzae was immobilized within biomass support particles (BSPs) made of polyurethane foam (PUF) and the BSPs were successfully used for the hydrolysis of para-nitrophenol butyrate (p-NPB) and for the optical resolution of (RS)-1-phenyl ethanol by enantioselective transesterification with vinyl acetate as acyl donor.

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Generous gifts of the fungal expression vectors pNGA142, pNo-8142 and A. oryzae niaD300 by the Ozeki Corporation, Japan are gratefully acknowledged.

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Tamalampudi, S., Talukder, M.M.R., Hama, S. et al. Development of recombinant Aspergillus oryzae whole-cell biocatalyst expressing lipase-encoding gene from Candida antarctica . Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 75, 387–395 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-006-0814-7

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  • Aspergillus oryzae
  • Whole-cell biocatalyst
  • Candida antarctica lipase B
  • Enantioselective transesterification