Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 47–59 | Cite as

Microbial tannases: advances and perspectives

  • Cristóbal N. Aguilar
  • Raúl Rodríguez
  • Gerardo Gutiérrez-Sánchez
  • Christopher Augur
  • Ernesto Favela-Torres
  • Lilia A. Prado-Barragan
  • Ascensión Ramírez-Coronel
  • Juan C. Contreras-Esquivel


In the last years, tannase has been the subject of a lot of studies due to its commercial importance and complexity as catalytic molecule. Tannases are capable of hydrolyzing complex tannins, which represent the main chemical group of natural anti-microbials occurring in the plants. The general outline of this work includes information of the substrates, the enzyme, and the applications. This review considers in its introduction the concepts and history of tannase and explores scientific and technological aspects. The “advances” trace the route from the general, molecular, catalytic, and functional information obtained under close to optimal conditions for microbial production through purification, description of the enzyme properties, and the commercial applications to the “perspectives” including expression studies, regulation, and potential uses; aspects related to the progress in our understanding of tannin biodegradation are also included.


Tannase Tannins biodegradation Microbial sources Advances Perspectives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristóbal N. Aguilar
    • 1
  • Raúl Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Gerardo Gutiérrez-Sánchez
    • 2
  • Christopher Augur
    • 3
  • Ernesto Favela-Torres
    • 4
  • Lilia A. Prado-Barragan
    • 4
  • Ascensión Ramírez-Coronel
    • 4
  • Juan C. Contreras-Esquivel
    • 1
  1. 1.Food Research Department, School of ChemistryUniversidad Autónoma de CoahuilaSaltilloMexico
  2. 2.Complex Carbohydrate Research CenterUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.IRD–Unité Biotrans IMEP Case 441 Faculté des Sciences de Saint JérômeUniversité Paul CézanneMarseille Cedex 20France
  4. 4.Department of BiotechnologyUniversidad Autónoma MetropolitanaIztapalapaMexico

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