Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 19–31 | Cite as

Properties of pectinesterase and endo-d-polygalacturonase coimmobilized in a porous glass support

  • A. Manjón
  • J. L. Iborra
  • C. Romero
  • M. Cánovas


Derivatives of pectinesterase and polygalacturonase, both individually immobilized and coimmobilized, were obtained and characterized. Homologous soluble systems were also studied to establish differences between the effect of the immobilization process and the presence of the other enzyme. Immobilization or coimmobilization did not change the optima pH or temperature for the enzymes. However, optimum ionic strength was displaced toward higher values for immobilized pectinesterase, while for polygalacturonase immobilization resulted in a wider range for activity.K m value remained nearly unchanged for pectinesterase, and decreased for polygalacturonase. TheV m value decreased with the immobilization process for the two enzymes, except for polygalacturonase immobilization in presence of pectinesterase. Soluble pectinesterase activity showed a competitive inhibition by polygalacturonic acid (Ki = 0.44 mg/mL). Either immobilization or presence of polygalacturonase rendered the enzyme insensitive to the inhibitory effect. Thermal stability of pectinesterase was not improved after immobilization. On the contrary, the thermal stability of endo-D-polygalacturonase was improved slightly by presence of pectinesterase, and in a greater extent by immobilization. Individually immobilized and coimmobilized pectinesterase activities kept 90 and 60%, respectively, of their initial values after more than one year stored at 3-5 °C. The two endo-D-polygalacturonase derivatives showed the same activity decay pattern along 10 mo storage at 3-5 °C. The two immobilized pectinesterase derivatives showed similar operational stabilities during continuous operation. The presence of pectinesterase remarkably increased the operational stability of the immobilized endo-D-poly galacturonase.

Index Entries

Pectic enzymes pectinesterase endo-D-poly-galacturonase pectin degradation bienzyme coimmobilized systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Manjón
    • 1
  • J. L. Iborra
    • 1
  • C. Romero
    • 1
  • M. Cánovas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of MurciaurciaSpain

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