Aug 12, 2000

Purification and characterization of an extracellular alpha-amylase produced by Lactobacillus manihotivorans LMG 18010(T), an amylolytic lactic acid bacterium

Enzyme and Microbial Technology
G AguilarJ P Guyot


This work presents the purification and characterization of an extracellular alpha-amylase (1,4-alpha-D-glucan glucanohydrolase, EC produced by a new lactic acid bacterium: Lactobacillus manihotivorans able to produce L(+) lactic acid from starch. The molecular weight was found to be 135 kDa. The temperature and pH optimum were 55 degrees C and 5.5, respectively, and pI was 3.8. The alpha-amylase had good stability at pH range from 5 to 6 and the enzyme was sensitive to temperature, losing activity within 1 h of incubation at 55 degrees C. Higher thermal stability was observed when the enzyme was incubated in presence of soluble starch. K(m) value and activation energy were 3.44 mg/ml and 32.55 kJ/mol, respectively. Amylose was found to be a better substrate than soluble starch and amylopectin. Al(3+), Fe(3+), and Hg(2+) (10 mM) almost completely inhibited the alpha-amylase.

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