Purification and characterization of β -agarase from agar-liquefying soi bacterium Acinetobacter sp., AG LSL-1

Department of Biochemistry, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga 585106, Karnataka, India
PROCESS BIOCHEMISTRY (Impact Factor: 2.52). 09/2009; 44(9):999-1003. DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2009.04.025


The extracellular β-agarase LSL-1 produced by an agar-liquefying, soil bacterium Acinetobacter sp., AG LSL-1 was purified to homogeneity by combination of ion-exchange and size exclusion chromatography with final yield of 44%. The enzyme has a specific activity of 397 U mg−1 protein and with a molecular mass of 100 kDa. The agarase was active in the pH range of 5.0–9.0, optimally at pH 6.0 and temperature between 25 °C and 55 °C and optimal at 40 °C. The enzyme retained 63% of native activity at 50 °C suggesting it is a thermostable. The activity of the agarase was completely inhibited by metal ions, Hg2+, Ag+ and Cu2+, whereas 25–40% of native activity was retained in the presence of Zn2+, Sn2+ and SDS. Neoagarobiose was the final product of hydrolysis of both agarose and neoagarohexaose by the purified agarase LSL-1. Based on the molecular mass and final products of agarose hydrolysis, the β-agarase LSL-1 may be further grouped under group III β-agarases and may be a member of GH-50 family. This is the first report on the purification and biochemical characterization of β-agarase from an agar-liquefying Acinetobacter species.

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    • "SY37-12 (Wang et al. 2006), Agarivorans albus YKW-34 (Fu et al. 2008), and Acinetobacter sp. Ag LSL-1 (Lakshmikanth et al. 2009) retained activities after incubation as follows; 20 % after 1 min at 70 °C, 10 % after 60 min at 70 °C, and none after 60 min at 60 °C, respectively. "
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