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New ß-galactosidase producers with potential for prebiotic synthesis

  • Bioresource Technology, (In Press), 2018

Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract

β-galactosidases (EC 3.2.1.23) are interesting enzymes with potential application in the pharmaceutical and food industry. In this work, a screening study was carried out to identify new fungal sources of β-galactosidase. A total of 50 fungi were evaluated using a chromogenic test performed in agar plates. The most promising microorganisms were validated as effective β-galactosidase producers under submerged fermentation conditions. The crude β-galactosidases were characterized regarding their optimal pH (3.0-5.5) and temperature (45-65 °C). All enzymes showed ability to synthesize lactose-bas ...

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