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Purification and characterization of a novel thermostable lipase from Bacillus sp.

A thermostable lipase from Bacillus sp. has been purified to homogeneity as judged by disc-PAGE, SDS-PAGE, and isoelectric focusing. The purification included ammonium sulfate fractionation, treatment with acrinol, and sequential column chromatographies on DEAE-Sephadex A-50, Toyopearl HW-55F, and Butyl Toyopearl 650M. The purified enzyme was found to be a monomeric protein with Mr of 22,000, and pI of 5. 1. The optimal pH at 30 degrees C, and optimal temperature at pH 5.6 were 5.5-7.2, and 60 degrees C, respectively, when olive oil was used as the substrate. The substrate specificity towards simple triglycerides was broad and 1- and 3-positioned ester bonds were hydrolyzed in preference to a 2-positioned ester bond. The addition of acetone to the assay mixture in the range of 0-60% (v/v) stimulated the enzyme remarkably, whereas n-hexane had an inhibitory effect.[1]


  1. Purification and characterization of a novel thermostable lipase from Bacillus sp. Sugihara, A., Tani, T., Tominaga, Y. J. Biochem. (1991) [Pubmed]
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