Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 179, Issue 8, pp 1435–1444 | Cite as

Biotransformation of l-tyrosine to Dopamine by a Calcium Alginate Immobilized Mutant Strain of Aspergillus oryzae

  • Sikander AliEmail author
  • Wajeeha Nawaz


The present research work is concerned with the biotransformation of l-tyrosine to dopamine (DA) by calcium alginate entrapped conidiospores of a mutant strain of Aspergillus oryzae. Different strains of A. oryzae were isolated from soil. Out of 13 isolated strains, isolate-2 (I-2) was found to be a better DA producer. The wild-type I-2 was chemically improved by treating it with different concentrations of ethyl methyl sulfonate (EMS). Among seven mutant variants, EMS-6 exhibiting maximal DA activity of 43 μg/ml was selected. The strain was further exposed with l-cysteine HCl to make it resistant against diversion and environmental stress. The conidiospores of selected mutant variant A. oryzae EMS-6 strain were entrapped in calcium alginate beads. Different parameters for immobilization were investigated. The activity was further improved from 44 to 62 μg/ml under optimized conditions (1.5 % sodium alginate, 2 ml inoculum, and 2 mm bead size). The best resistant mutant variable exhibited over threefold increase in DA activity (62 μg/ml) than did wild-type I-2 (21 μg/ml) in the reaction mixture. From the results presented in the study, it was observed that high titers of DA activity in vitro could effectively be achieved by the EMS-induced mutagenesis of filamentous fungus culture used.


Dopamine A. oryzae Biotransformation EMS Calcium alginate 



The authors are grateful to Director IIB and Vice Chancellor of the University for providing research facilities and moral assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (IIB)GC UniversityLahorePakistan

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