Repeated batch for dye degradation in an airlift bioreactor by laccase entrapped in copper alginate

Teerapatsakul, C., Parra, R., Keshavarz, T. and Chitradon, L. (2017) Repeated batch for dye degradation in an airlift bioreactor by laccase entrapped in copper alginate. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 120. pp. 52-57. ISSN 0964-8305

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A repeated batch of synthetic dye decolorization was efficiently demonstrated in a 5 L airlift bioreactor. A laccase from Ganoderma sp. KU-Alk4, degrading commercial aromatic dyes was selected. The crude enzyme extract expressed laccase activity, and was immobilized under optimal conditions in copper-alginate beads, 3 IU/bead. The immobilized enzyme showed high efficiency in degrading various synthetic dyes under non-buffered conditions, in particular the indigoid dye Indigo Carmine. The immobilized laccase also showed marked increase in stability toward temperature and pH when compared with free enzyme preparation. Immobilization enhanced its temperature stability to maintain initial activity up to 55 °C, ten degrees higher than the free enzyme. The immobilized laccase was stable in the alkaline region up to pH 10.0. The dye decolorization system in 5 L airlift bioreactor was demonstrated with 25 mg/L Indigo Carmine dissolved in tap water and a total immobilized laccase activity of 6 × 104 IU. Airflow rate was the most important factor affecting the number of batch runs and the time for 100% dye degradation. An optimal airflow rate was of 4 L/min. Fourteen batch runs of complete dye degradation were successfully completed with only a single enzyme supplementation, and this could be a feasible system for operation in industry. Total dye degraded by this repeated process at 4 L/min airflow rate was 1.8 g. Isatin sulfonic acid was a metabolic product of Indigo Carmine degradation catalyzed by the immobilized laccase. This development of an effective repeatable bioprocess using enzymes for the treatment of dye-contaminated effluent has potential for implementation on an industrial scale.

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