Xylanase Production by Aspergillus awamori in Solid-State Fermentation and Influence of Different Nitrogen Sources
The use of purified xylan as a substrate for bioconversion into xyianases increases the cost of enzyme production. Consequently, there have been attempts to develop a bioprocess to produce such enzymes using different lignocellulosic residues. Filamentous fungi have been widely used to produce hydrolytic enzymes for industrial applications, including xyianases, whose levels in fungi are generally much higher than those in yeast and bacteria. Considering the industrial importance of xyianases, the present study evaluated the use of milled sugarcane bagasse, without any pretreat-ment, as a carbon source. Also, the effect of different nitrogen sources and the C:N ratio on xylanase production by Aspergillus awamori were investigated, in experiments carried out in solid-state fermentation. High extracellular xylanolytic activity was observed on cultivation of A. awamori on milled sugarcane bagasse and organic nitrogen sources (45 IU/mL for endoxylanase and 3.5 IU/mL for β-xylosidase). Endoxylanase and β-xylosidase activities were higher when sodium nitrate was used as the nitrogen source, when compared with peptone, urea, and ammonium sulfate at the optimized C:N ratio of 10:1. The use of yeast extract as a supplement to the these nitrogen sources resulted in considerable improvement in the production of xyianases, showing the importance of this organic nitrogen source on A. awamori metabolism.
Index EntriesAspergillus awamori xyianases nitrogen nutrition solid-state fermentation sugarcane bagasse
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