Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 67–75

An organic solvent-tolerant alkaline lipase from Streptomyces sp. CS268 and its application in biodiesel production

  • Poonam Mander
  • Seung Sik Cho
  • Jaya Ram Simkhada
  • Yun Hee Choi
  • Da Jeong Park
  • Jung Wan Ha
  • Jin Cheol Yoo
Research Paper


In an effort to identify a microbial lipase that can catalyze transesterification reactions used in biodiesel production, an organic solvent-tolerant lipase was purified from Streptomyces sp. CS268. The molecular weight of the purified lipase was estimated to be 37.5 kDa by SDS-PAGE. The lipase showed highest activity at a temperature of 30°C and pH 8.0 while it was stable in the pH range 4.0 ∼ 9.0 and at temperatures ≤ 50°C. It showed the highest hydrolytic activity towards medium-length acyl chain p-nitrophenyl decanoate with Km and Vmax values of 0.59 mM and 319.5 mmol/mg/min, respectively. Also, the lipase showed non-position specificity for triolein hydrolysis. The purified lipase catalyzed transesterification reaction of soybean oil with methanol, suggesting that it can be a potential enzymatic catalyst for biodiesel production.


microbial lipase organic solvent-tolerant Streptomyces biodiesel production 


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© The Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Poonam Mander
    • 1
  • Seung Sik Cho
    • 1
  • Jaya Ram Simkhada
    • 1
  • Yun Hee Choi
    • 1
  • Da Jeong Park
    • 1
  • Jung Wan Ha
    • 1
  • Jin Cheol Yoo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacy, College of PharmacyChosun UniversityGwangjuKorea

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