Covalently immobilized lipase on a thermoresponsive polymer with an upper critical solution temperature as an efficient and recyclable asymmetric catalyst in aqueous media

Lan-Lan Lou, Huaxin Qu, Wenjun Yu, Bei Wang, Lezi Ouyang, Shuangxi Liu, Wuzong Zhou

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Abstract

A thermoresponsive lipase catalyst with an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) of about 26 °C was exploited by covalent immobilization of an enzyme, Pseudomonas cepacia lipase (PSL), onto poly(acrylamide-co-acrylonitrile) via glutaraldehyde coupling. The experimental conditions for the PSL immobilization were optimized. The immobilized PSL was much more stable for wide ranges of temperature and pH than the free PSL. The material was also evaluated as an asymmetric catalyst in the kinetic resolution of racemic α-methylbenzyl butyrate at 55 °C in an aqueous medium and exhibited high catalytic performance and stability. Up to 50% conversion and 99.5% product enantiomeric excess were achieved, thus providing highly pure enantiomers. More importantly, this biocatalyst could be easily recovered by simple decantation for reuse based on temperature-induced precipitation. It showed good reusability and retained 80.5% of its original activity with a well reserved enantioselectivity in the 6th cycle. This work would shed light on the future development of new UCST-type enzyme catalysts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1166-1172
JournalChemCatChem
Volume10
Issue number5
Early online date1 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Immobilization
  • Lipase from Pseudomonas cepacia
  • Thermoresponsive polymer
  • Upper critical solution temperature
  • Kinetic resolution

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