Fungal Inulinases: An Interesting Option for Food Sweetener Production

  • Adriana C. Flores-Gallegos
  • Fabiola Veana
  • Silvia M. González-Herrera
  • Diana B. Muñiz-Márquez
  • Aidé Sáenz-Galindo
  • Raúl Rodríguez-HerreraEmail author


Inulinases are the enzymes, widely used in the food industry, that hydrolyze β-2,1 glycosidic bonds present in polyfructans such as inulin, a storage polysaccharide in several plants, to produce glucose and fructose. These enzymes are successfully produced by fungi and attracted special attention due to their potential applications in improving syrup quality and reducing production costs compared to high-fructose corn syrup produced from the starch. Inulinase has been used to produce both fructose syrups, by hydrolysis of chicory or artichoke Jerusalem, and inulooligosaccharides (IOSs), which can be used as a soluble food fiber, sweeteners, or prebiotics to increase the population of bifidobacteria in the intestine. In this chapter, the importance of inulinases in the food industry along with their mode of action and product formation is discussed.


Inulinase Fungi Oligosaccharides Prebiotics Food industry 



This study was financially supported by the State Council for Science and Technology (COECyT) – Government of the State of Coahuila, through the project COAH-2017-C12-C78.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriana C. Flores-Gallegos
    • 1
  • Fabiola Veana
    • 2
  • Silvia M. González-Herrera
    • 3
  • Diana B. Muñiz-Márquez
    • 2
  • Aidé Sáenz-Galindo
    • 1
  • Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of ChemistryUniversidad Autónoma de CoahuilaSaltilloMexico
  2. 2.Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Valles, Tecnológico Nacional de MéxicoCiudad VallesMexico
  3. 3.Instituto Tecnológico de Durango, Tecnológico Nacional de MéxicoDurangoMexico

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