Transesterification activity of a novel lipase from Acinetobacter venetianus RAG-1

TitleTransesterification activity of a novel lipase from Acinetobacter venetianus RAG-1
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSnellman E.A, Colwell RR
JournalAntonie van LeeuwenhoekAntonie van Leeuwenhoek
Type of Article10.1007/s10482-008-9276-5

Transesterification activity and the industrial potential of a novel lipase prepared from Acinetobacter ventiatus RAG-1 were evaluated. Purified lipase samples were dialyzed against pH 9.0 buffer in a single optimization step prior to lyophilization. The enzyme and organic phase were pre-equilibrated (separately) to the same thermodynamic water activities (a w) ranging from a w 0.33 to 0.97. Production of 1-octyl butyrate by lipase-catalyzed transesterification of vinyl butyrate with 1-octanol in hexane was monitored by gas chromatography. Production of 1-octyl butyrate and initial rate of reaction depended on water activity. Product synthesis and rate of transesterification increased sharply with increase from a w 0.33 to 0.55. Highest product concentration (218 mM) and rate of reaction (18.7 μmol h−1 · 10 μg protein) were measured at a w 0.86. Transesterification activity in hexane represented 32% of comparable hydrolytic activity in aqueous buffer.