Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 145–158 | Cite as

Purification and partial characterization ofRhizomucor miehei lipase for ester synthesis

  • Xiao Yan Wu
  • Sanna JÄÄskelÄinen
  • Wu-Yen Linko
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A commercialRhizomucor miehei lipase was purified by ammonium sulfate precipitation. Phenyl Sepharose 6 Fast Row hydrophobic interaction chromatography, and DEAE Sepharose Fast Flow anion-exchange chromatography. The recovery of lipase activity was 32% with a 42-fold purification. The molecular size of the purified enzyme was 31,600 Dalton and the pI 3.8. The enzyme was stable for at least 24 h within a pH range of 7.0-10.0, and 96.8% of the enzyme activity remained when kept at 30‡C for 24 h. Further, about 10–30% of the lipase activity was inhibited by K+, Li+, Ni+, Co2+, Zn2+, Mg2+, Sn2+, Cu2+, Ba2+, Ca2+, and Fe2+ ions and by SDS, but EDTA had no effect. Under the experimental conditions, the optimum temperature for the hydrolysis of olive oil was 50‡C (pH 8.0), and for the synthesis of 1-butyl oleate, 37‡C. It was concluded that hydrolytic activity of lipase alone is not a sufficient criterion for its synthetic potential. The optimal molar ratio of oleic acid and 1-butanol was 2:1 for 1-butyl oleate synthesis. The 1-butyl oleate yield was unaffected by purification of the enzyme after 12 h.

Index Entries

Rhizomucor miehei lipase purification characterization hydrolytic activity synthetic activity 1-butyl oleate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao Yan Wu
    • 1
  • Sanna JÄÄskelÄinen
    • 1
  • Wu-Yen Linko
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biotechnology and Food Engineering Department of Chemical EngineeringHelsinki University of TechnologyEspooFinland

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