Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 444–450

Purification and characterization of tannase from Paecilomyces variotii: hydrolysis of tannic acid using immobilized tannase

Biotechnologically Relevant Enzymes and Proteins


An extracellular tannase (tannin acyl hydrolase) was isolated from Paecilomyces variotii and purified from cell-free culture filtrate using ammonium sulfate precipitation followed by ion exchange and gel filtration chromatography. Fractional precipitation of the culture filtrate with ammonium sulfate yielded 78.7% with 13.6-folds purification, and diethylaminoethyl–cellulose column chromatography and gel filtration showed 19.4-folds and 30.5-folds purifications, respectively. Molecular mass of tannase was found 149.8 kDa through native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) analysis. Sodium dodecyl sulphate–PAGE revealed that the purified tannase was a monomeric enzyme with a molecular mass of 45 kDa. Temperature of 30 to 50°C and pH of 5.0 to 7.0 were optimum for tannase activity and stability. Tannase immobilized on alginate beads could hydrolyze tannic acid even after extensive reuse and retained about 85% of the initial activity. Thin layer chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, and 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance spectral analysis confirmed that gallic acid was formed as a byproduct during hydrolysis of tannic acid.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesKorea UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Centre for Advanced studies in BotanyUniversity of MadrasChennaiIndia

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