Chemical Modification of Laccase from Aspergillus oryzae and its Application in OCC Pulp

Yangmei Chen, Jinquan Wan, Qitang Wu, Yongwen Ma


Laccase activity and stability were improved and modified through the interaction between laccase amino acid residues (e.g., amino groups (-NH2) and carboxyl groups (-COOH)) and the chemical reagents thiourea dioxide (TDO) and L-phenylalanine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-PME). Compared with the control sample, the activity of the laccase modified with these chemical reagents was increased by 209% and 50%, respectively. The stability of the laccase modified with L-PME increased by 56.9%. However, the laccase modified with TDO only improved slightly. It was clear that reagent L-PME was more efficacious than TDO. The paper formed with addition of L-PME-modified laccase exhibited better performance in terms of tensile strength, bursting strength, and tear strength, which increased by 13%, 10%, 9%, respectively, compared with the paper formed with unmodified laccase.


Laccase; Modification; Thiourea dioxide; L- Phenylalanine methyl ester hydrochloride; OCC pulp

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