Ferulic acid esterases for effective processing of plant carbohydrates
Crepin, Valérie (2003) Ferulic acid esterases for effective processing of plant carbohydrates. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Feruloyl esterases (E.C. 18.104.22.168), a subclass of the carboxylic acid esterases (E.C. 22.214.171.124), are able to hydrolyse the ester bond between the hydroxycinnamic acids and sugars present in the plant cell walls, and have been classified as Types A or B based on their substrate specificity for aromatic moieties. They constitute an interesting group of enzymes that have the potential for use over a broad range of applications in the agri-food industries. In order to expand the range of available enzymes, we have examined the production of feruloyl esterases by the filamentous fungi Talaromyces slipitalus and Neurospora crassa.
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