T G Prabhakar

Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, State of Tamil Nadu, India

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    A Ganesh Kumar, N Nagesh, T G Prabhakar, G Sekaran
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    ABSTRACT: The untanned proteinaceous tannery solid waste, animal fleshing (ANFL), was used as a substrate for acid protease production by Synergistes sp. The strain was isolated from an anaerobic digester used for the treatment of tannery solid waste and was selected for its enhanced protease production at activity 350-420 U/ml. The optimum pH was in the acidic range of 5.5-6.5 and optimum temperature was in mesophilic range of 25-35 degrees C. The sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and the zymogram analyses of the purified protein indicated an estimated molecular mass of 60 kDa. This protease could be classified as aspartic protease based on its inhibition by aspartate type protease inhibitor pepstatin and on non-inhibition by 1,10-phenanthroline, EDTA, EGTA and phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride. The degradation of ANFL was confirmed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS), Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (H1 NMR) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analyses. In this study we found that the activity of acid protease depended on factors such as calcium concentration, pH and temperature. Based on these lines of evidence, we postulate that this protease is a highly catalytic novel protease of its type.
    Bioresource Technology 06/2008; 99(7):2364-72. · 4.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The untanned proteinaceous tannery solid waste, the animal fleshing (ANFL), was used as substrate in the treatment process (hydrolysis and fermentation) involving Synergistes sp. The nonionic surfactant (Tween 80) was evaluated for its ability to influence on microbial growth and enzyme activity in the hydrolysis and fermentation of ANFL. The addition of Tween 80 in the process significantly increased the activities of hydrolytic and fermentative enzymes like protease (338-360 Um l(-1)) and deaminase (187-206 Um l(-1)) compared to that of control (protease 195-220 Um l(-1) and deaminase 70-83 Um l(-1)). The total viable bacterial count was increased more than twofold, compared to the control in the presence of 0.15% Tween 80. The ANFL fermentation and formation of other metabolites were evidenced by Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS), Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy ((1)H NMR) and Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy (FT-IR). The breakdown of fibrillar proteins in ANFL was confirmed by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
    Biodegradation 03/2008; 19(5):739-48. · 2.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The untanned proteinaceous tannery solid waste, animal fleshing (ANFL), was used as a substrate for acid protease production by Synergistes sp. The strain was isolated from an anaerobic digester used for the treatment of tannery solid waste and was selected for its enhanced protease production at activity 350–420 U/ml. The optimum pH was in the acidic range of 5.5–6.5 and optimum temperature was in mesophilic range of 25–35 °C. The sodium dodecyl sulfate–polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS–PAGE) and the zymogram analyses of the purified protein indicated an estimated molecular mass of 60 kDa. This protease could be classified as aspartic protease based on its inhibition by aspartate type protease inhibitor pepstatin and on non-inhibition by 1,10-phenanthroline, EDTA, EGTA and phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride. The degradation of ANFL was confirmed by Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectroscopy (GC–MS), Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (H1 NMR) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analyses. In this study we found that the activity of acid protease depended on factors such as calcium concentration, pH and temperature. Based on these lines of evidence, we postulate that this protease is a highly catalytic novel protease of its type.
    Bioresource Technology. 01/2008;
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    ABSTRACT: The silver (0.5-3 at %) substituted nanosize hydroxyapatites (AgHAs) were synthesized by microwave processing. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks are very broad, indicating that the AgHAs were of nanosize (30 nm). Transmission electron microscopy analysis shows needle-like morphology of AgHA, having length 60-70 nm and width 15-20 nm. The AgHA phase was stable up to 700 degrees C without any secondary phases. The antibacterial effect of AgHA against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus was observed by spread plate method, even for low concentration of silver ions (0.5%) with 1 x 10(5) cells/mL of respective bacterial culture, after a 48 h incubation period. However, some colonies of E. coli were seen with a high dose of 1 x 10(8) cells/mL after 24 h. The zone of inhibition by disc diffusion test method was found to vary with the amount of silver in the sintered AgHA pellets, for both the bacteria, after 24 h of inoculation. Osteoblast cell attachment in varying density was noticed on AgHA samples with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5% silver substitution. However, osteoblast spreading was significantly greater on 0.5% AgHA compared to 1.0 or 1.5% substituted AgHA samples. Thus, the low amount of AgHA has a potential of minimizing the risk of bacterial contamination, without compromising the bioactivity, and is expected to display greater biological efficacy in terms of osseointegration.
    Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 04/2007; 80(3):581-91. · 2.83 Impact Factor