Porous poly(urethane urea) microparticles for immobilization of maltogenic α amylase from Bacillus stearothermophilus

  • Antanas Strakšys
  • Tatjana Kochanė
  • Sandra Mačiulytė
  • Saulutė Budrienė
Keywords: poly(urethane urea) microparticles, porous carrier, amylase immobilization, covalent binding, physical adsorption


Maltogenic α amylase from Bacillus stearothermophilus (BsMa) was immobilized by covalent attachment and physical adsorption onto porous poly(urethane urea) (PUU) microparticles obtained from poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and 4,4’-methylenebis(cyclohexyl diisocyanate) (H12DI) by onepot synthesis. The influence of PUU synthesis parameters such as PVA and H12DI molar ratio, synthesis time and temperature on porosity, surface area, structure of microparticles and catalytic activity and stability of immobilized BsMa was investigated. The highest efficiency of the immobilization of BsMa onto the PUU carrier was 97% and the highest residual stability of the immobilized enzyme reached 95% after 28 days of storage at 4°C. The optimal activity temperature of immobilized BsMa was at 80°C and it was higher than that of native enzyme. Effects of ionic strength and repetitive batch processing cycles on the activity of immobilized BsMa were also studied. Immobilization of BsMa onto PUU carriers has a great potential for biotechnology and food industries.
Polymer Chemistry