Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 189, Issue 3, pp 1020–1037 | Cite as

Production of a Recombinant α-l-Rhamnosidase from Aspergillus niger CCTCC M 2018240 in Pichia pastoris

  • Deqing Wang
  • Pu ZhengEmail author
  • Pengcheng Chen


α-l-Rhamnosidases have wide application in the field of biotechnology for derhamnosylation of many natural glycosides. In this study, an α-l-rhamnosidase-producing strain, Aspergillus niger CCTCC M 2018240, was isolated from decayed orange peels, and the gene encoding α-l-rhamnosidase was successfully expressed in Pichia pastoris GS115. Three-dimensional structure simulation indicates the enzyme is a member of glycoside hydrolase 78 family. The optimal recombinant strain GS115/pPIC9K-rha-14 exhibited an enzyme activity of 0.47 U/mL when cultured in shaking flasks, and the recombinant α-l-rhamnosidase hydrolyzed α-1,2 and α-1,6 glycosidic bonds in naringin and rutin, respectively, thus generating prunin and isoquercitrin, respectively. Through high density-induced fermentation based on a glycerol feeding strategy in a 3-L bioreactor, the enzyme activity reached 46.87 U/mL after 7 days of methanol incubation, which was approximately 99 times higher than that produced in shaking flasks. This process offers a simple and effective approach for the large-scale production of α-l-rhamnosidase.


α-L-Rhamnosidase Aspergillus niger Pichia pastoris Heterologous expression Fermentation 



The authors are grateful to the financial supports from the National First-class Discipline Program of Light Industry Technology and Engineering (Grant No. LITE2018-04) and the Topnotch Academic Programs Project of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (TAPP).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Key Laboratory of Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biotechnology, Ministry of Education, School of BiotechnologyJiangnan UniversityWuxiChina
  2. 2.The Key Laboratory of Industrial Biotechnology, Ministry of Education, School of BiotechnologyJiangnan UniversityWuxiChina

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