Enhancement of protease activity in transesterification of glycidol with vinyl n-butyrate by entrapment into alkyl-substituted silicates and pretreatment with a substrate

Koei Kawakami, Yoshiaki Matsui, Tsutomu Ono, Hiroyuki Ijima

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Proteases originating from Aspergillus melleus (Protease P) and Bacillus subtillis (Prolether FG-F) were entrapped into organic-inorganic hybrid silicates on Celite 545 by the sol-gel method, and their activities measured at 35° C for transesterification of chiral glycidol with vinyl n-butyrate in isooctane. n-Butyl- and dimethyl-substituted silicates provided 12.6 times higher activities with Protease P and 5.5 times with Prolether FG-F, respectively, than those deposited on Celite 545. Although pretreatment of those immobilized proteases with the chiral glycidol affected transesterification activities of both enantiomers, the ratio of the initial transesterification rate of (S)-(-)-glycidol to that of (R)-(+)-glycidol, remained unchanged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
JournalBiocatalysis and Biotransformation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2003


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry

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