Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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Occurrence, properties, and applications of feruloyl esterases

  • Takuya KosekiEmail author
  • Shinya Fushinobu
  • Ardiansyah
  • Hitoshi Shirakawa
  • Michio Komai


Feruloyl esterases hydrolyze the ester linkages of ferulic and diferulic acids present in plant cell walls. This interesting group of enzymes also has a potentially broad range of applications in the pharmaceutical and agri-food industries. An overview of the current knowledge of fungal feruloyl esterases focusing on the diverse of substrate specificity and potential applications is presented in this review. Furthermore, biological functions of ferulic acid are discussed.


Feruloyl esterases Ferulic acid Fungi Substrate specificity Diversity Applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takuya Koseki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shinya Fushinobu
    • 2
  • Ardiansyah
    • 3
  • Hitoshi Shirakawa
    • 3
  • Michio Komai
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Bioresource Engineering, Faculty of AgricultureYamagata UniversityTsuruokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Science of Food Function and Health, Graduate School of Agricultural ScienceTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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