Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 133, Issue 2, pp 87–112

Feruloyl esterase

A key enzyme in biomass degradation
  • Dominic W. S. Wong
Review Article

DOI: 10.1385/ABAB:133:2:87

Cite this article as:
Wong, D.W.S. Appl Biochem Biotechnol (2006) 133: 87. doi:10.1385/ABAB:133:2:87


Feruloyl esterase forms a part of the enzyme complex that acts collectively and synergistically to completely hydrolyze xylan to its monomers. The enzyme has found potential uses in a wide variety of applications of interest to the agrifood and pharmaceutical industries. This review describes the enzymology of feruloyl esterases involved in xylan degradation. The occurrence of feruloyl esterases in various microorganisms and their physiochemical properties are presented. The nature of the enzyme substrates and products, the role of synergistic interactions with xylanases and other accessory enzymes, as well as the sequence-structure relating to the reaction mechanism are emphasized.

Index Entries

Feruloyl esteraseferulic acid and crosslinksferuloylated oligosaccharidehydroxycinnamic acidglucurono arabinoxylan

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© Humana Press Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominic W. S. Wong
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Regional Research CenterUSDA-ARSAlbany