Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Agavins to Generate Branched Fructooligosaccharides (a-FOS)


Recently, agavins (branched neo-fructans) of short degree of polymerization have shown beneficial effects on the health of both healthy and overweight individuals. Therefore, the aim of the present work was to investigate the potential use of Agave angustifolia agavins on the generation of branched fructooligosacharides (a-FOS). A. angustifolia agavins were hydrolyzed using exo-, endo-inulinase, and a mixture of both (25 and 75%, respectively). Exo- and the inulinase mixture degraded quickly the agavins in relation to endo-inulinase treatment. Only endo-inulinase and the inulinase mixture generated a-FOS formation. Endo-inulinase degraded 31% of agavins, yielding approximately 20% of a-FOS after 48 h, whereas the inulinase mixture hydrolyzed 33% of agavins in just 90 min, but only yielded 10% of a-FOS. These results suggest that agave plants could be an abundant raw material for a-FOS production, which might have a huge prebiotic potential as new branched fructooligosaccharides with many applications in the alimentary and pharmaceutical industry.

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We are grateful to Dr. Patricia Araceli Santiago-García for the agavins extraction from A. angustifolia.

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Huazano-García, A., López, M.G. Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Agavins to Generate Branched Fructooligosaccharides (a-FOS) . Appl Biochem Biotechnol 184, 25–34 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12010-017-2526-0

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  • Agavins
  • Branched fructooligosaccharides (a-FOS)
  • Agave angustifolia
  • Enzymatic hydrolysis