Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
A dramatic change of the reaction rate was observed for the lipase-catalyzed hyrolysis of tributyrin in a batch reactor. Immediately after the addition of the enzyme, the lipolysis rate increased continuously until a maximal reaction rate was reached. The duration of the induction was mainly controlled by the bulk enzyme concentration and the reactor stirring speed. The reaction rate dropped sharply after reaching its maximal value. The lipolysis decayed at a rate of about 0.012 min-1, and was not affected by changes of the stirring speed. This decay was attributed to the fast deactivation of the surface-adsorbed lipase, and possibly to the extremely slow desorption of the inactivated species. For reaction time longer than 120 minutes, the lipolysis decreased at a much slower rate. Several mechanisms for the decay of the lipolysis rate were discussed.
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