Immobilized heterologous Rhizopus oryzae lipase: A feasible biocatalyst for the production of human milk fat substitutes

Carla Tecelão, Marina Guillén, Francisco Valero, Suzana Ferreira-Dias

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    This work aims at evaluating the potentialities of a heterologous Rhizopus oryzae lipase (rROL) as a feasible biocatalyst, to be used as an alternative to commercial lipases, for the synthesis of Human Milk Fat Substitutes (HMFS). This enzyme was immobilized in three different supports (Accurel ® MP 1000, Eupergit ® C and Lewatit ® VP OC 1600) and tested as catalysts for the acidolysis between tripalmitin and oleic acid, batchwise, at 60°C, in solvent-free medium.The highest molar incorporations of oleic acid in the triacylglycerols were achieved with rROL in Lewatit ® VP OC 1600 and Accurel ® MP 1000, although the highest immobilization yields were observed with Eupergit ® C.Quasi-equilibrium was attained after 6. h or 12. h reaction, with about 30. mol.% and 22. mol.% of oleic acid incorporation, when rROL immobilized in Lewatit and Accurel were used, respectively.Also, 23h batch operational stability tests were performed: half-life times (t 1/2) of 34.5h and 64.0h were achieved for rROL immobilized in Accurel ® MP 1000 and in Lewatit ® VP OC 1600, respectively. An important increase in the operational stability was observed for rROL immobilized in Lewatit after rehydration at the end of each batch (t 1/2=202h). Thus, the loss of activity may be explained by a progressive dehydration occurring along the reaction. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)104-110
    JournalBiochemical Engineering Journal
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2012


    • Acidolysis
    • Human milk fat substitutes
    • Immobilization
    • Operational stability
    • Recombinant lipase
    • Rhizopus oryzae


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