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TPDex, a putative dextranase from Thermoanaerobacter pseudethanolicus, was purified as a single 70 kDa band of 7.37 U/mg. Its optimum pH was 5.2 and the enzyme was stable between pH 3.1 and 8.5 at 70 degrees C. A half-life comparison showed that TPDex was stable for 7.4 h at 70 degrees C, whereas Chaetominum dextranase (CEDex), currently used as a dextranase for sugar milling, was stable at 55 degrees C. TPDex showed broad dextranase activity regardless of dextran types, including dextran T2000, 742CB dextran, and alternan. TPDex showed the highest thermostability among the characterized dextranases, and may be a suitable enzyme for use in sugar manufacture without decreased temperature.


Tae-Soon Park, Hyung Jae Jeong, Jin-A Ko, Young Bae Ryu, Su-Jin Park, Doman Kim, Young-Min Kim, Woo Song Lee. Biochemical characterization of thermophilic dextranase from a thermophilic bacterium, Thermoanaerobacter pseudethanolicus. Journal of microbiology and biotechnology. 2012 May;22(5):637-41

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PMID: 22561857

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