Submitted to: Society of Industrial Microbiology Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: August 7, 1997
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Interest in alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase has increased in recent years because of its application in the conversion of various hemicellulosic substrates to fermentable sugars for the subsequent production of fuel alcohol. Xylanase, in conjunction with alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase and other accessory enzymes, acts synergistically to degrade xylan to fermentable sugars. Ineffectiveness, low product yield and high cost of the commercially available enzymes constitute some major problems to develop enzymatic hydrolysis of hemicellulose as a commercial process. The induction of alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase production, purification, biochemical and kinetic properties of the enzyme and its mode of action will be reviewed. The role of alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase in developing hemicellulose bioconversion processes will be described.