Feruloyl Esterases as Biotechnological Tools: Current and Future Perspectives

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  • Ahmed E FAZARY,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106-07, Taiwan, China
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  • Yi-Hsu JU

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    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106-07, Taiwan, China
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*Corresponding author: Tel, 886-2-27376612; Fax, 886-2-2737 6644; E-mail, yhju@mail.ntust.edu.tw

Abstract

Feruloyl esterases represent a diverse group of hydrolases catalyzing the cleavage and formation of ester bonds between plant cell wall polysaccharide and phenolic acid. They are widely distributed in plants and microorganisms. Besides lipases, a considerable number of microbial feruloyl esterases have also been discovered and overexpressed. This review summarizes the latest research on their classification, production, and biophysicochemical properties. Special emphasis is given to the importance of that type of enzyme and their related phenolic ferulic acid compound in biotechnological processes, and industrial and medicinal applications.

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