Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 101, Issue 6, pp 2281–2290 | Cite as

Tyramine-modified pectins via periodate oxidation for soybean hull peroxidase induced hydrogel formation and immobilization

  • Milos Prokopijevic
  • Olivera Prodanovic
  • Dragica Spasojevic
  • Gordana Kovacevic
  • Natalija Polovic
  • Ksenija Radotic
  • Radivoje ProdanovicEmail author
Biotechnological products and process engineering


Pectin was modified by oxidation with sodium periodate at molar ratios of 2.5, 5, 10, 15 and 20 mol% and reductive amination with tyramine and sodium cyanoborohydride afterwards. Concentration of tyramine groups within modified pectin ranged from 54.5 to 538 μmol/g of dry pectin while concentration of ionizable groups ranged from 3.0 to 4.0 mmol/g of dry polymer compared to 1.5 mmol/g before modification due to the introduction of amino group. All tyramine-pectins showed exceptional gelling properties and could form hydrogel both by cross-linking of carboxyl groups with calcium or by cross-linking phenol groups with peroxidase in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. These hydrogels were tested as carriers for soybean hull peroxidase (SHP) immobilization within microbeads formed in an emulsion based enzymatic polymerization reaction. SHP immobilized within tyramine-pectin microbeads had an increased thermal and organic solvent stability compared to the soluble enzyme. Immobilized SHP was more active in acidic pH region and had slightly decreased K m value of 2.61 mM compared to the soluble enzyme. After 7 cycles of repeated use in batch reactor for pyrogallol oxidation microbeads, immobilized SHP retained half of the initial activity.


Pectin modification Hydrogels Soybean hull peroxidase Enzyme immobilization 


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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


This study was funded by project no. ON173017 and project no. ON172049 granted from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Multidisciplinary ResearchUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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