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(11)EP 3 502 247 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(21)Application number: 19156967.2

(22)Date of filing:  14.05.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
C12N 11/02(2006.01)
C12P 7/64(2006.01)
C12N 9/20(2006.01)
C12N 11/08(2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Validation States:
MA

(30)Priority: 20.05.2014 EP 14169180

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
15724572.1 / 3146044

(71)Applicant: Bunge Loders Croklaan B.V.
1521 AZ Wormerveer (NL)

(72)Inventors:
  • Bhaggan, Krishnadath
    1521 AZ Wormerveer (NL)
  • Ma, Jun
    1521 AZ Wormerveer (NL)
  • Miorini, Chiara
    31011 Asolo Treviso (IT)
  • Taran, Viktoria
    2512 AM Den Haag (NL)

(74)Representative: Potter Clarkson 
The Belgrave Centre Talbot Street
Nottingham NG1 5GG
Nottingham NG1 5GG (GB)

 
Remarks:
This application was filed on 13-02-2019 as a divisional application to the application mentioned under INID code 62.
 


(54)PROCESS FOR IMMOBILIZATION OF A LIPASE


(57) A process is disclosed for immobilizing a lipase on a support containing a functional amino group, which comprises contacting the lipase with said support in the presence of a surface-active material.


Description

Technical Field



[0001] The present invention relates to process for immobilizing a lipase on a support having a functional amino group, a process for producing a triglyceride composition using said immobilized lipase and to the use of the lipase in transesterification reactions.

Background Art



[0002] Lipases (E.C.3.1.1.3), belonging to the group of enzymes, catalyse specifically ester bonds in tri-, di-, and mono-acylglycerols to glycerol and fatty acids. They further catalyse other reactions such as interesterifications, esterifications, acidolysis, alcoholysis and aminolysis. The high costs of lipases make enzymatic processes economically unattractive. Immobilization of the lipases is a way to increase the industrial susceptibility of lipases and allows recovery of the lipase protein. Lipases can be immobilized on different supports applying various ways of pretreatment of the support or the lipase.

[0003] Nevena et al. (NEVENA, Z. Immobilization of lipase from Candida rugosa on Sepabeads: the effect of lipase oxidation by periodates. Bioprocess Biosyst Eng. 2011, no.34, p.803-810.) describes the use of certain Sepabeads® having either amino functional groups or epoxy groups as suitable support for the immobilization of a non-specific lipase from Candida rugosa. Sepabeads® having amino functional groups needed activation with glutaraldehyde or sodium-periodate to show improved activity.

[0004] Palomo et al.(PALOMO, Jose M, et al. Interfacial adsorption of lipases on very hydrophobic support (octadecyl-Sepabeads): immobilization, hyperactivation and stabilization of the open form of lipases. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic. 2002, vol.19, no.20, p.279-286.) tested the immobilization of various lipases on very hydrophobic support such as octadecyl-Sepabead®.

[0005] Enzyme activity is vulnerable to immobilizations reagents such as glutaraldehyde or immobilization support. To secure enzyme stability and activity after immobilization of the enzyme, often non-lipase proteins are added such as hen egg album or bovin serum albumin. However, these animal proteins are known to cause allergic reactions.

[0006] There remains a need for a simplified immobilization method without additional activation of the support and the right choice of support which will retain lipase activity and stability such as thermo stability to enable the production of commercially relevant triglyceride compositions.

Summary of invention



[0007] The objective of the present invention is to provide an immobilization process wherein pre-activation of the support could be avoided and if indeed a hydrophobic support such as Sepabeads® having octadecyl groups (EC-OD) are able to perform transesterification reaction to obtain products of commercial importance. Another aim of the present invention was to provide an immobilization process avoiding treatment with non-lipase protein such as animal derived albumin to secure activity and stability of the lipase to produce triglyceride compositions.

[0008] According to the present invention, there is provided a process for immobilizing a lipase on a support containing a functional amino group in the presence of a surface-active material. The term functional amino group refers to an amino group which is engaged in interacting with or binding to the lipase and optionally, the support.

[0009] A further aspect of the invention is a process for producing a triglyceride by enzymatic transesterification by using a lipase, which is immobilized on a support having a functional amino group.

[0010] Also provided by the invention in another aspect is the use of the immobilized lipase for producing a triglyceride fat composition comprising at least 15% by weight OPO.

[0011] The support having a functional amino group can be any support having an amino group such as amino-epoxy, or alkyl amino having a carbon chain of C1-C24, preferably C2-C10. The support comprises a methacrylic polymer. Preferably the polymer forms a matrix.

[0012] A preferred support of the present invention contains a functional alkylamino group such as ethyl amino or hexyl amino.

[0013] The mechanism of action between the support and the lipase is either by ionic interaction or chemical binding, wherein the ionic interaction is preferred.

[0014] The surfactant can be formed from sugars, (both mono-di-and polysaccharides), polyols (e.g. sorbitan and sorbitol) or polyethylene glycols having molecular weight from 350 to 35000, such as PEG s 600, 1500, 4000. Very suitable non-ionic surfactants are polyoxyethylene sorbitan C8-C24 fatty acid esters, in particular those derived from lauric acid, such as Tween 20® or derived from oleic acid such as Tween 80®.

[0015] The surfactant concentration in the aqueous solution should be sufficient to ensure effective loading of the support by the enzyme. Very good results were obtained by applying an aqueous solution with a surfactant concentration of at least 0.01 wt%, preferably 0.01-10, most preferably 0.1-5 wt.%.

[0016] An ideal amount of lipase in g to support in g is between 1-20 wt.% by weight, preferably 5-15% by weight.

[0017] The contact times applied can vary between wide ranges. Suitably, however, contact times between 1 and 72 hours are applied.

[0018] The aqueous lipase solution has preferable a concentration between 1 to 20 g/l.

[0019] Although the lipase enzyme can be any prior art lipase, a preference is expressed for a lipase which is selected from 1) 1,3-specific lipases from Rhizomucor miehei, Rhizopus oryzae and Thermomyces lanuginosus 2) lipases from Penicillium camembertii specific for the hydrolysis of partial glycerides , such as Amano G, and 3) lipases specific for the hydrolysis of esters or triglycerides, preferably a lipase from Candida rugosa. In particular preferred is a 1,3- specific lipase from Rhizopus oryzae such as Lipase D from Amano.

[0020] Immobilization of the lipase can be performed in many different ways. Suitably, the contact between support, lipase and/or surfactant is performed as a batch process, as a continuous process in a fixed bed, as a continuous process in a fluidized bed or in a continuously stirred tank, while the contacting is performed with a continuous motion of the lipase solution.

[0021] The immobilized lipase according to the invention can be applied in any enzymatic conversion process, such as hydrolysis of triglycerides, diglycerides or esters, but also the esterification or transesterification of fatty acids or diglycerides or triglycerides. These processes are also part of our invention, with the prerequisite that an immobilized lipase according to our invention be used in the process.

[0022] Preferred processes for making triglyceride is the production of triglycerides compositions comprising symmetrical triglycerides of the general formula ABA, such as OPO or SOS, wherein O is oleic acid, P is palmitic acid and S is a saturated fatty acid selected from palmitic acid and stearic acid. A particular preferred triglyceride composition of the invention comprises at least 15% by weight OPO.

[0023] Triglyceride fats and oils are important commercial products and are used extensively in, for example, the food industry. Some triglycerides are nutritionally important and the triglyceride 1,3-dioleoyl-2-palmitoyl glyceride (OPO) is known to be an important component of human milk fat.

Examples



[0024] The following non-limiting examples illustrate the invention and do not limit its scope in any way. In the examples and throughout this specification, all percentages, parts and ratios are by weight unless indicated otherwise.

Example 1: Various Sepabeads® with aqueous Lipase D preparation



[0025] Preparation of the lipase solutions: Seven lipase solutions were prepared according to Table 1. Sample N°7 was the control sample. All reagents were mixed at 150 rpm at room temperature between 3 to 24 hours and then centrifuged to receive the immobilized lipase as a pellet.
Table 1
Sample, N°Sepabeads® (functional group)Amount of Sepabeads in gLipase in g
1 EC-HA (Hexylamino) 1.5 0.12 in 70 ml
2 EC-OD (Octadecyl) 1.5 0.12 in 70 ml
3 EC-BU (Butyl) 1.5 0.12 in 70 ml
4 EC-HFA (Amino-Epoxy) 1.5 0.12 in 70 ml
5 EC-EA (Ethylamino) 1.5 0.12 in 70 ml
6 EC-EP (Epoxy) 1.5 0.12 in 70 ml
7 No support 0 0.18 in 75 ml (equal to 0.12 in 70 ml)

Example 2 (comparative)



[0026] The acidolysis reaction was performed at 60 °C with all seven lipase preparations using the following acidolysis assay:

1 g Immobilized enzyme (use the pellet after centrifugation)

35 g Palm oil stearin fraction (Feedstock)

49 g Oleic acid

0.126 g H2O



[0027] Composition Feedstock to be found in Table 2.
Table 2
 Feedstock
Carbon number 
C48 62.1
C50 24.3
C52 8.6
C54 1.9
C56 0.0


[0028] The carbon number was determined by GC according to AOCS Ce 5.86.

[0029] Table 3 provides the results of the various acidolysis reactions of feedstock after 24 h.
Table 3
 HAODBUHFAEAEPControl
Carbon number       
C48 59.9 60.1 60.0 57.4 60.3 60.1 60.3
C50 25.4 25.3 25.3 26.8 25.1 25.3 25.2
C52 9.2 9.2 9.2 10.2 9.1 9.2 9.1
C54 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.5 2.1 2.1 2.1
C56 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2


[0030] After 24 h nearly no product OPO or OOP (C52) was produced for all lipase preparations

Example 3



[0031] 70 ml of the lipase preparation of Example 1 was mixed with 2.4 g hen egg albumin, 0.65 g Tween 20® and 1.5 g of the respective supports. The acidolysis reaction was performed according to example 2.

[0032] Table 4 shows the results after acidolysis (24 hours) by using various sepabeads with aqueous lipase D solution in the presence of hen egg albumin and TWEEN 20.
Table 4
 HAODBUHFAEAEP
Carbon number      
C48 7.2 9.5 61.2 6.9 7.2 61.4
C50 29.3 31.3 24.8 29.0 25.0 24.7
C52 41.5 41.5 8.8 42.8 42.3 8.8
C54 20.4 16.9 2.0 20.4 20.7 1.9
C56 0.5 0.4 0.0 0.5 0.4 0.0

Example 4



[0033] 70 ml of the lipase preparation of Example 1 was mixed with 250 mg PEG 1500, 0.65 g Tween 20® and 1.5 g of the respective supports. The acidolysis reaction was performed according to example 2. As comparison immobilization on polypropylene (Accurel) under same reaction conditions was performed.

[0034] Table 5 shows the results after acidolysis (24 hours) by using various sepabeads with aqueous lipase D solution in the presence of PEG 1500 and Tween 20®.
Table 5
 HAODHFAEAAccurel
Carbon number     
C48 6.7 61.9 6.8 6.8 58.2
C50 27.3 24.4 27.6 27.3 25.2
C52 42.4 8.5 42.5 42.4 10.0
C54 22.5 1.9 22.0 22.4 2.3
C56 0.2 0.0 0.5 0.4 4.1

Example 5



[0035] Multiple usage of Lipase D immobilized on support EC-HA.

[0036] 70 ml of the lipase preparation of Example 1 was mixed with 30 mg PEG 600, 0.65 g Tween 20® and 1.5 g of support EC-HA. The acidolysis reaction was performed according to example 2. After 3.5 hours the acidolysis reaction was stopped and the immobilized lipase separated from the reaction mixture by filtration. The immobilized lipase is collected and used for the second run of the acidolysis assay. These runs were repeated eight times. At each run a sample (∼ 2 ml) at time 3.5 hours were taken for carbon number analysis.

[0037] Table 6 shows the results after acidolysis by reusing the immobilized lipase D on EC-HA support in subsequent 8 runs
Table 6
 Run 1Run 2Run 3Run 4Run 5Run 6Run 7Run 8
C46 0.8 1.2 1.3 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.6
C48 11.2 19.6 22.7 25.3 24.7 26 27.7 28.5
C50 34.1 35.9 36.4 35.9 35.8 35.6 35.3 35.2
C52 42.4 34.2 31.3 29.4 30.1 29.1 28 27.4
C54 11.2 9.1 8.2 7.8 8 7.8 7.6 7.3

Example 6



[0038] Lipase D solution (0.9 g/77 ml) was mixed with various Tween in amounts provided in Table 7 and stirred for 15 min. To each of the preparations 1,5 g of Sepabead EC-HA was added and the mixture was stirred for 24 hours. Then immobilized enzyme was filtered off and tested in the acidolysis reaction as described in example 2. Table 7 shows the results of 5 different Tween's after acidolysis after 3.5 h.
Table 7
CarbonnumberTween 20Tween 40Tween 60Tween 80Tween 85
Amount in g 0.650 0.676 0.693 0.694 0.974
C46 1.5 2.14 2.79 1.34 2.4
C48 16.6 41.19 54.37 18.02 46.5
C50 34.2 31.4 27.49 33.26 30.5
C52 36.9 18.73 11.85 36.11 15.8
C54 10.6 5.78 3.48 10.77 4.5
C56 0.3 0.53 0 0.38 0.3

Example 7



[0039] Example 6 was repeated with Tween 80® with the difference that the premixing of the lipase solution with Tween 80® was skipped. Lipase solution, Tween 80® and support material were put together and the mixture was stirred for 24 hours. Then immobilized lipase was filtered off and tested in the acidolysis reaction as described in example 2. Table 8 shows the results after acidolysis after 3.5 h.
Table 8
CarbonnumberWith premixingNo premixing
C46 1.3 1.51
C48 13.8 16.38
C50 33 32.32
C52 40.2 38.34
C54 11.4 11.14
C56 0.3 0.3


[0040] The results demonstrate that premixing of Tween 80® with lipase solution is not required.

[0041] The following numbered paragraphs are disclosed herein.

Paragraph 1. A process for immobilizing a lipase on a support containing a functional amino group, which comprises contacting the lipase with said support in the presence of a surface-active material.

Paragraph 2. A process according to paragraph 1, wherein the lipase is a 1,3 specific lipase.

Paragraph 3. A process according to paragraph 1 or 2, wherein the lipase is derived from Rhizopus oryzae.

Paragraph 4. A process according to any of the preceding paragraphs, wherein the functional amino group is a functional alkylamino group having C1- C22 carbon atoms.

Paragraph 5. A process according to any of the preceding paragraphs, wherein the surface-active material is a non-ionic surfactant.

Paragraph 6. A process according to any of the preceding paragraphs, wherein the surface-active material is selected from the group consisting of polyethyleneglycols, methoxy polyethyleneglycols, polysorbates and mixtures thereof.

Paragraph 7. A process for producing a triglyceride by enzymatic transesterification by using a lipase, which is immobilized on a support having a functional amino group according to any one of paragraph 1 to paragraph 6.

Paragraph 8. A process for producing a triglyceride according to paragraph 7, wherein the triglyceride is having a symmetrical structure ABA.

Paragraph 9. A process according to paragraph 8, wherein the symmetrical triglyceride is OPO.

Paragraph 10. A process according to paragraph 8, wherein the symmetrical triglyceride is SOS.

Paragraph 11. A process according to any one of paragraphs 7 to 9, wherein the change of C52 triglycerides of feedstock to product is at least 15% by weight.

Paragraph 12. An immobilized lipase produced by the process of any one of paragraphs 1 to 6.

Paragraph 13. Use of an immobilized lipase according to any one of paragraphs 1 to 6 for producing a triglyceride fat composition comprising at least 15% by weight OPO.




Claims

1. A process for producing a triglyceride by enzymatic transesterification using a lipase, which is immobilized on a support having a functional amino group wherein the process for immobilizing the lipase on the support comprises contacting the lipase with the support in the presence of a surface-active material.
 
2. A process for producing a triglyceride according to claim 1, wherein the triglyceride has a symmetrical structure ABA.
 
3. A process according to claim 2, wherein the symmetrical triglyceride is OPO.
 
4. A process according to claim 2, wherein the symmetrical triglyceride is SOS.
 
5. A process according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the change of C52 triglycerides of feedstock to product is at least 15% by weight.
 
6. A process according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the lipase is a 1,3 specific lipase.
 
7. A process according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the lipase is derived from Rhizopus oryzae.
 
8. A process according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the functional amino group is a functional alkylamino group having C1-C22 carbon atoms.
 
9. A process according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the surface-active material is a non-ionic surfactant.
 
10. A process according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the surface-active material is selected from the group consisting of polyethyleneglycols, methoxy polyethyleneglycols, polysorbates and mixtures thereof.
 
11. Use of an immobilized lipase, obtainable by a process which comprises contacting a lipase with a support in the presence of a surface-active material, for producing a triglyceride fat composition comprising at least 15% by weight OPO.
 





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