Hyun-Jung Kim

Dong-Eui University, Busan, Busan, South Korea

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  • Hyun-Jung Kim · Ae-Ran Kim · Sung-Jong Jeon ·
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    ABSTRACT: A thermostable trehalose synthase (TtTSase) from Thermus thermophilus HJ6 was immobilized on chitosan activated with glutaraldehyde. The yield of immobilization was evaluated as 39.68%. The optimum pH of the immobilized enzyme was similar to that of the free enzyme. However, the optimal temperature ranges were shifted by about 4 degrees C owing to better thermal stability after immobilization. The half-life of heat inactivation for free and immobilized enzymes was 5.7 and 6.3 days at 70 degrees C, respectively, thus showing a lager thermostability of the immobilized enzyme. When tested in batch reaction, the immobilized enzyme retained its relative activity of 53% after 30 reuses of reaction within 12 days, and still retained 82% of its initial activity even after 150 days at 4 degrees C. A packed-bed bioreactor with immobilized enzyme showed a maximum yield of 56% trehalose from 100 mM maltose in a continuous recycling system (bed volume: 10 ml) under conditions of pH 7.0 and 70 degrees C.
    Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 03/2010; 20(3):513-7. · 1.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A microorganism (strain HJ6) producing extracellular beta-glycosidase was isolated from a hot springs located in Arima-cho, Hyogo, Japan. The cells were long-rods (2-4 microm) about 0.4 microm in diameter, and formed yellow-colored colonies, like most other strains of the genus Thermus. The pH and temperature for optimal growth were 6.5 and 80 degrees C. Thus, the HJ6 strain displayed a higher optimal temperature than other described Thermus sp. The gene encoding beta-glycosidase (TtbetaGly) was cloned, sequenced, and comprised of 1296 nucleotides encoding a protein (431 amino acids) with a predicted molecular mass of 48.7 kDa. TtbetaGly was expressed in Escherichia coli cells, and the recombinant protein was purified to homogeneity. The optimal temperature and pH for beta-glycosidase activity were found to be 90 degrees C and 8.5, respectively. The half-life of heat inactivation was about 30 min at 95 degrees C indicating that TtbetaGly had higher thermostability than beta-glycosidases from other Thermus sp. The results of the kinetics experiment indicated that beta-D-fucoside and beta-D-glucoside were better substrates of TtbetaGly than beta-D-galactoside. The catalytic efficiency (k(cat)/K(m)) of TtbetaGly at 80 degrees C increased 70-fold to that at 40 degrees C, indicating that this enzyme was activated at high temperatures. Thin layer chromatography showed that the enzyme had transglycosylation activity at high temperature and that various transfer products were formed in the reaction with lactose or cellobiose.
    Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering 02/2009; 107(1):21-6. DOI:10.1016/j.jbiosc.2008.10.002 · 1.88 Impact Factor