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... This pioneering work was followed by a series of innovative studies which included preparation of insoluble papain and its use in studies on the structure of 7-globulin (Cebra et al., 1961), coupling of trypsin to a charged polymer and investigation of the effect of the polyelectrolyte field on enzyme activity Levin et al., 1964), and preparation of a collodion-papain membrane-the first example of a synthetic membrane-enzyme conjugate (Goldman et al., 1965(Goldman et al., , 1968a, followed by a collodion-alkaline phosphatase membrane (Goldman et al., 1971b). The various developments in the field of immobilized enzymes in Katchalski's laboratory and in others have been thoroughly reviewed (Katchalski, 1962a(Katchalski, ,b, 1969(Katchalski, , 1972Silman and Katchalski, 1966;Goldstein and Katchalski, 1968;Goldman et al, 1971a;Katchalski et al, 1971a). ...
... Nevertheless, work on enzyme immobilization became an important topic in research from the 1960s on, reflected by international conferences, notably, the Enzyme Engineering Conferences by the Engineering Foundation, New York, starting in 1971(e.g., (Weetall and Royer 1976, 1980. Notably, Ephraim Katchalski was among the pioneering groups providing insight into fundamental aspects and phenomena, including molecular characterization of the immobilized enzymes and mass transfer and efficiency (see, e.g., Levin et al. 1964;(Silman and Katchalski 1966); Gabel et al. 1971). ...
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Enzymatic penicillin hydrolysis by penicillin amidase (also penicillin acylase, PA) represents a Landmark: the first industrially and economically highly important process using an immobilized biocatalyst. Resistance of infective bacteria to antibiotics had become a major topic of research and industrial activities. Solutions to this problem, the antibiotics resistance of infective microorganisms, required the search for new antibiotics, but also the development of derivatives, notably penicillin derivatives, that overcame resistance. An obvious route was to hydrolyse penicillin to 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA), as a first step, for the introduction via chemical synthesis of various different side chains. Hydrolysis via chemical reaction sequences was tedious requiring large amounts of toxic chemicals, and they were cost intensive. Enzymatic hydrolysis using penicillin amidase represented a much more elegant route. The basis for such a solution was the development of techniques for enzyme immobilization, a highly difficult task with respect to industrial application. Two pioneer groups started to develop solutions to this problem in the late 1960s and 1970s: that of Günter Schmidt-Kastner at Bayer AG (Germany) and that of Malcolm Lilly of Imperial College London. Here, one example of this development, that at Bayer, will be presented in more detail since it illustrates well the achievement of a solution to the problems of industrial application of enzymatic processes, notably development of an immobilization method for penicillin amidase suitable for scale up to application in industrial reactors under economic conditions. A range of bottlenecks and technical problems of large-scale application had to be overcome. Data giving an inside view of this pioneer achievement in the early phase of the new field of biocatalysis are presented. The development finally resulted in a highly innovative and commercially important enzymatic process to produce 6-APA that created a new antibiotics industry and that opened the way for the establishment of over 100 industrial processes with immobilized biocatalysts worldwide today.
... The results were published [33,34], as well as monographs collecting most of the relevant research results both by academic and industrial research (e.g., [35]). Among the pioneer groups providing insight into fundamental aspects and phenomena, including mass transfer and efficiency, was that of Katchalski (see e.g., [36]). ...
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Applied biocatalysis has its roots in ancient Mesopotamia, China, and Japan, in the manufacture of food and alcoholic drinks. The history of enzyme technology is, of course, an essential part of the history of biotechnology. First scientific observations on enzyme activities in the late eighteenth century were by Spallanzani and Scheele. A remarkable process was developed by Schutzenbach in 1823: an acetic acid fermentation process known as "fast acetic acid manufacture". From about 1894 onwards, Emil Fischer investigated in a series of experiments the action of different enzymes using several glycosides and oligosaccharides; the results revealed specificity as one of the key characteristics of enzymes. In his first paper on alcoholic fermentation without yeast cells (1897), Buchner described, in a remarkably short and precise manner, the separation of the (alcoholic) fermentation from the living yeast cells by an extract. Fischer in his work elaborated the essential aspects of enzyme catalysis during the 1890s.
... Moreover, these immobilized REVIEW trypsin preparations showed excellent digestion reproducibility based on liquid chromatographic and capillary electrophoretic peptide maps. Insoluble trypsin preparations were found to be considerably more stable than native trypsin in the alkaline pH range (79). Glassmeyer and Ogle (80) reported that an insoluble trypsin preparation could be used repeatedly without loss of activity and could be left standing in pH 8.0 buffer at room temperature for 40 h with only a 9% loss of activity. ...
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Glutaraldehyde possesses unique characteristics that render it one of the most effective protein crosslinking reagents. It can be present in at least 13 different forms depending on solution conditions such as pH, concentration, temperature, etc. Substantial literature is found concerning the use of glutaraldehyde for protein immobilization, yet there is no agreement about the main reactive species that participates in the crosslinking process because monomeric and polymeric forms are in equilibrium. Glutaraldehyde may react with proteins by several means such as aldol condensation or Michael-type addition, and we show here 8 different reactions for various aqueous forms of this reagent. As a result of these discrepancies and the unique characteristics of each enzyme, crosslinking procedures using glutaraldehyde are largely developed through empirical observation. The choice of the enzyme-glutaraldehyde ratio, as well as their final concentration, is critical because insolubilization of the enzyme must result in minimal distortion of its structure in order to retain catalytic activity. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of glutaraldehyde as a crosslinking reagent by describing its structure and chemical properties in aqueous solution in an attempt to explain its high reactivity toward proteins, particularly as applied to the production of insoluble enzymes.
... The immobilization of enzymes was initially done by the use of polymer-based matrices and linkage onto carrier materials. Considerable efforts have been made for crosslinking of enzymes either using protein-based methods or using inactive materials (Silman and Katchalski 1966). The history of confining enzymes is dated back to the 1950s. ...
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Free enzymes do not possess properties of recovery and reusability, and also they are not stable at wide pH and temperature range. Therefore, new ways which can enhance enzyme stability and reusability should be developed, and hence, the immobilization technique is one such approach. These immobilization techniques offer such materials which have the ability to be active in the much wide range of pH and temperature, and also they are more stable than the free enzymes. Immobilization is carried out on the nanosized material either by adsorption, covalent coupling, entrapment, encapsulation or cross-linking. These nanomaterial-immobilized enzymes show several advances over the free enzymes because of large surface area-to-volume ratio, lower mass transfer resistance and high mobility. Several nanomaterials are used for immobilizing the enzymes; however, their recovery from the reaction mixture is very poor. Therefore, the magnetic nanomaterials are more attractively used in immobilization because the enzyme immobilized through magnetic nanomaterial has the tendency to be easily separated out from the reaction mixture. These nanomaterial-immobilized enzymes show wide range of applications in biotechnology, bioanalysis, biomedicine, pathology and biosensors.
... Another study by Glassmeyer and Ogle, who used water to store the product at 4 °C, concluded that there was a maximum of a 15% drop in the activity in the trypsin after several months 65 . In 1966, Silman and Katchalski said after the lyophilization experiment that they could not find any notable decrease in the activity when it was stored at room temperature 66 . ...
... Recently, the immobilization of enzymes has been the subject of increased interest, and potential applications of these enzyme derivatives have been published (4,10). In previous papers (5,6,9,11,12), we reported on the immobilization of aminoacylase, aspartase, and asparaginase. ...
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The immobilization of asparatase-containing Escherichia coli was investigated by various methods, and the most active immobilized cells were obtained by entrapment in a polyacrylamide gel lattice. Other asparatase-containing bacteria were also entrapped by the same method, and the enzymatically active immobilized cells were obtained. The aspartase activity of the immobilized E. coli cells was increased nine- to tenfold by autolysis of the cells entrapped in the gel lattice. Enzymatic properties of the immobilized E. coli cells were investigated and compared with those of the intact cells. The optimal pH was 8.5 for the immobilized cells and 10.5 for the intact cells. The aspartase activities of immobilized and intact cells were not activated by Mn²⁺, which can activate the immobilized and native aspartases. The heat stability of the immobilized cells was somewhat higher than that of the intact cells. Bivalent metal ions such as Mn²⁺, Mg²⁺, Ca²⁺ protected against thermal inactivation of the aspartase activity of the immobilized and intact cells.
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It is well known that the immobilization may alter both the chemical and physical properties of an’enzyme, such as its pH-activity behavior, apparent saturation constant, Km, substrate specificity and stability toward conformational inactivation, in addition to simply restricting its gross physical movement. The enzyme activity is generally decreased through immobilization. It is necessary for obtaining an immobilized enzyme preparation of high activity to discuss the processes of enzyme immobilization and investigated the factors affecting the activity and yield of immobilized enzyme. In the present work, we discussed the processes of enzyme immobilization by microencapsulation and clarified the factors affecting the activity and yield of enzyme immobilized.
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THE isolation of precipitating antibodies in a purified form has been the subject of several investigations during the past few years. The property of the specific combination of antibodies with their homologous antigens has been exploited for this purpose. In principle, a general procedure for the isolation of antibodies would involve the following steps: (1) formation of insoluble antibody-antigen complexes, (2) dissociation of these complexes, and (3) separation of the purified antibodies from the antigen(s). Obviously, the last step would be facilitated if the antigen were insoluble or could be made insoluble by coupling it via stable covalent chemical bonds to a supporting medium. For example, in previous investigations protein antigens were coupled to fibrinogen1, ion-exchange resins2 and cellulose3. Since these supporting media were endowed with ion-exchange properties, it is conceivable that serum proteins may be bound to them non-specifically. In order to avoid or at least to minimize non-specific absorption of serum proteins, in the present study, protein antigens were coupled through stable azo bonds to a non-polar polystyrene (Dow `Styron PS-2' obtained through the courtesy of the Physical Laboratory, Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Michigan) framework. For this purpose polystyrene was nitrated4. The ensuing polynitro polystyrene was then reduced to polyamino polystyrene4,5 and the latter compound diazotized. The soluble protein antigens were then coupled to the polydiazotized polystyrene at pH 7.5. The resulting insoluble Styron-antigen conjugates are dark brown precipitates. At the beginning of the study we were not aware that a somewhat similar procedure had been used for coupling proteins to polystyrene6,7.
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1. An allergenically active fraction was isolated from ragweed pollen which was 50 times as active, on a weight basis, as the dialyzed residue of the whole water soluble extract of ragweed pollen. 2. This material consisted of a straw colored pigment and peptide(s) composed of eight amino acids: lysine, arginine, glycine, glutamic acid, hydroxyproline, valine, alanine and norleucine. It did not contain any carbohydrate. 3. The allergenic activity was destroyed after hydrolysis with 6 N HCl at 100°C for 15 min, but was not diminished on standing in 6 N HCl at 25°C for 8 hr or if heated in boiling water at pH 7.0 for 14 hr. 4. The active material gave positive ring tests with both rabbit and goat antiragweed pollen sera. 5. The available evidence suggests that peptide(s) may account for all the allergens in ragweed pollen.
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THE communication of Gyenes, Rose and Sehon1 prompts us to record briefly some observations in a closely related field.
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Proteins coupled to polystyrene by azo linkages were used as solid adsorbents for the determination of antibodies to soluble proteins. Studies were carried out quantitatively using I131 labeled bovine serum albumin and ovalbumin and their antibodies. Antibodies specifically combined with antigen complexes could be eluted efficiently at pH 3 (citrate buffer) whereas antigens and nonspecifically adsorbed proteins remained firmly bound to the resin. Elution of antibodies took place slightly in 10% sodium salicylate and at 60°C, pH 8, but not in 17% NaCl. Eluted antibodies showed normal precipitin curves. By diluting anti-BSA with normal globulin, it was found that 0.2 μg antibody in 1 mg globulin could be detected. Five-tenths to two micrograms of antibody/mg globulin could be determined within 10% accuracy. The nature of the effective antigen in the polystyrene-protein complex is not well defined. The original aminopolystyrene or the diazopolystyrene quenched with β-naphthol bound antigen proteins very strongly but to a lesser extent than did the diazopolystyrene itself. β-Naphthol-quenched diazopolystyrene treated with BSA was tested and found to be almost as effective as the chemically coupled BSA in purifying antibodies.
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The acetylation of trypsin with acetic anhydride results in a heterogenous mixture of acetylated derivatives. That fraction which is most fully acetylated (85–90%) is enzymically inactive, whereas the partially acetylated (about 50%) fraction is fully as active as unmodified trypsin. These two forms of trypsin may be further differentiated on the basis of their solubility properties, chromatographic behavior on DEAE-cellulose, and optical rotation. The implication of these results with respect to the structural requirements for enzymic activity is discussed.
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Anti-Rp antibody can be separated into a number of fractions by adsorption on a specific immunoadsorbent followed by stepwise elution with increasing concentrations of benzenearsonate over the range of 10−6-10−1M. Under a given set of conditions, this method of fractionation yields an elution pattern that is distinctive for a given sample of antibody. Upon refractionation each fraction yields a different elution pattern reflecting the concentration of hapten which eluted the fraction previously. There is a very wide heterogeneity in relative binding constants of antibody for immunoadsorbents and hapten since some antibody requires 105 times as concentrated hapten for elution than other antibody. As the hapten concentration is increased, the binding constants of eluted antibodies for p-(p-hydroxyphenylazo)benzenearsonate and p-iodobenzenearsonate decrease; but the constants for the former decreases much more rapidly. These results are interpreted as indicating that the heterogeneity observed is due to variations in structure of the combining sites.
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