Lipase production and purification by self-buffering ionic liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems


In this work, a group of Good's buffer ionic liquids (GB-ILs) comprised of tetrabutylammonium, tetrabutylphosphonium and cholinium cations paired with Good's buffer (GB) anions (MOPSO, BES and TAPSO) was studied. Their distinctive capability to induce the formation of aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) with the salts K3PO4, K2CO3, and (NH4)(2)SO4, and the polymers poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(propylene glycol) (PPG), and PEG-PPG copolymers was demonstrated. Their application as purification tools to recover a lipase produced via submerged fermentation by Burkholderia cepacia ST8 was investigated. The lipase was preferentially partitioned towards the GB-IL-rich phase in both the GB-IL + salt and polymer + GB-IL purification systems. Molecular docking studies were performed aiming at to understand the possible interactions between the GB-IL ions and the lipase residues. Furthermore, the selected GB-IL-based ABS was investigated as part of an integrated process developed to successfully recover and purify an extracellular B. cepacia ST8 lipase from the fermentation broth, in which a purification factor of 22.4 +/- 0.7 and a recovery yield of (94.0 +/- 0.2) % were achieved.



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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology; Engineering


Lee, SY; Khoiroh, I; Coutinho, JAP; Show, PL; Ventura, SPM

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L.S.Y. gratefully acknowledges MyBrain 15 Scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education (MORE), Malaysia. This work was developed within the scope of the project CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials, POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007679 (FCT Ref. UID/CTM/50011/2013), financed by national funds through the FCT/MEC and when appropriate co-financed by FEDER under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement. S.P.M. Ventura acknowledges the FCT/MCTES for a contract under Investigador FCT 2015 contract number IF/00402/2015.

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