Recombinant α-L Rhamnosidase has several potential applications in citrus fruit juice processing industries. Immobilized recombinant α-L Rhamnosidase further provides an added advantage to this industrially important enzyme. Various techniques have been used to immobilize native rhamnosidase from fungal origin and applications were explored in great details by several workers. (Puri et al., 1996, 2000, 2001)
A recombinant rhamnosidase from a bacterial source was expressed in E.coli has been immobilized in calcium alginate beads (entrapment method). A batch bioreactor was created for the hydrolysis of naringin using immobilized recombinant α-L Rhamnosidase under shaking and stationary conditions and it was found to hydrolyze naringin effectively. The system was efficient to hydrolyze narigin under shaking conditions and was operationally stable up to 9 days. A high percent hydrolysis of naringin was achieved at pH 7.5 and 60˚C by immobilized rhamnosidase. Entrapped rhamnosidase was able to hydrolyze naringin content in kinnow juice repeatedly and this feature makes this technique economically suitable for debittering of fruit juices.
Field of Research
100302 Bioprocessing, Bioproduction and Bioproducts
Socio Economic Objective
860105 Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
HERDC Research category
E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed