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Evaluation of hollocelulase production by Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler during the submerged fermentation growth using RSM/ Avaliacao da producao de enzimas holoceluloliticas por Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler durante o crescimento em fermentacao submersa usando MSR.


The cellulase proteins have a great importance in the enzymatic hydrolysis of woody biomass. Despite of costs being a major concern, it has been a stimulus to study basidiomycetes biochemical properties which degrade lignocellulosic material and have prompted the processes' study for obtaining cellulolytic enzymes in fungi. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effects of the initial nitrogen content on (ammonium sulfate) and on sugar cane bagasse, which hereby, acts as an inducer of hydrolytic enzymes to produce cellulases and xylanases, using three Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler strains as a transformation agent. A factorial design with [2.sup.2] replications in the central point was conducted, varying concentrations of ammonium sulfate and sugar cane bagasse. The submerged cultures carried out in synthetic culture medium and incubated at 25[degrees]C for 7 days on an orbital shaker at 150 rpm. The total protein and cellulase activity as endoglucanase, exoglucanase and [beta]-glucosidase and the xylanase was also determined. The results showed that the production of hydrolytic enzymes was stimulated by the presence of high concentrations of sugar cane bagasse (30g/L), characterizing it as an inducer due to the demonstrated proportional relationship. Thus, ammonium sulfate acted as a reducing agent in the synthesis of enzymes, being the low concentrations (0.1g/L) indicated for the enzyme production system under study. Among the studied strains, the EF52 showed higher activity for xylanase, endoglucanases, [beta]-glucosidase and also protein.

Keywords: basidiomycetes, sugar cane bagasse, ammonium sulfate, hydrolytic enzymes, proteins.


As celulases sao proteinas de grande importancia na hidrolise enzimatica de biomassa florestal. No entanto, seu custo elevado tem estimulado o estudo de processos de obtencao de enzimas celuloliticas por fungos filamentosos, tais como os basidiomicetos que apresentam propriedades bioquimicas para degradacao de material lignocelulosico. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos do teor inicial de nitrogenio (sulfato de amonia) e de um indutor de enzimas hidroliticas (bagaco de cana de acucar) na producao de xilanases e celulases utilizando tres isolados de Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler como agente de transformacao. Foi realizado um planejamento fatorial [2.sup.2] com repeticao no ponto central, variando as concentracoes de sulfato de amonia e bagaco de cana de acucar. O cultivo submerso realizado em meio de cultivo sintetico e incubado a 25[degrees]C por 7 dias em agitador orbital a 150 rpm. Foram determinados 0 teor de proteinas totais e a atividade de celulase como: endoglucanase, exoglucanase e [beta]-glucosidase e ainda xilanase. Os resultados demonstraram que a producao das enzimas hidroliticas foi estimulada pela presenca de alta concentracao de bagaco de cana (30g/L), caracterizando-o como agente indutor devido a relacao de proporcionalidade demonstrada. Por sua vez, o sulfato de amonio atuou como redutor da sintese de enzimas, sendo as baixas concentracoes (0,1 g/L) indicadas para o sistema de producao das enzimas em estudo. Quanto as linhagens, a EF52 mostrou maior atividade para xilanase, endoglucanases, [beta]-glucosidase e proteinas.

Palavras-chave: basidiomicetos, bagaco de cana, sulfato de amonia, enzimas hidroliticas, proteinas.

1. Introduction

Notwithstanding the growing concern regarding the political issues between countries such as the decrease of oil reserves, increasing demand and dependence on fossil fuels, climate change and environmental pollution, research on renewable energy sources to reduce such problems have become a matter of widespread attention (De Oliveira et al., 2005).

Global production of biofuels is based on the use of raw sugary materials (sugar cane in Brazil) or starch (corn in the United States) (Jardine et al., 2009). However, the first generation ethanol suffers from factors as competition for food crops. Conversely, its large-scale development raises concerns about their direct and indirect effects on land use (Gnansounou, 2010).

The use of lignocellulosic biomass waste stemmed from agriculture and forestry is a viable alternative which can bring savings to fuel production. Some of the agro-industrial residues have a higher proportion of cellulose up to 75% in its content, which justifies the use of this material in the production of cellulases (Adsul et al., 2004) or metabolites in bioconversion of high value, such as ethanol (Tao et al., 2010).

Therefore, new techniques like the submerged culture, a system capable of generating a variety of metabolites and in which the filamentous fungi have great importance (Gomes et al., 2008; Papagianni, 2004). The submerged cultivation in relation to the solid substrate fermentation has the advantage of being more homogeneous system (Mtui, 2012; Aguilar et al., 2004), allowing improved streamlining and standardization of the process (Holker and Lenz, 2005).

The bagasse usage from sugar cane crops in the submerged culture produces metabolites suchlike cellulases, lignases, xylanases, ethanol, citric acid, lactic acid and others. Furthermore, sugar cane bagasse may be used as a support to the development of microorganisms allowing aerobic conditions for their homogeneous growth (Song and Wei, 2010; Pandey et al., 2000).

Fungi comprehend a heterogeneous group of heterotrophic microorganisms that act as saprobes or parasites or, less frequently, as symbionts (Gomes et al., 2008). Lentinula edodes belongs to a group of fungi, white rot type, which are known for efficient capacity of degradation of lignocellulosic materials in nature, especially wood. System degradation of lignin by these fungi has potential applications in biobleaching in the cellulose and paper industries, biodegradation of pollutants and in the production of biofuels. Among the extracellular enzymes produced by the L. edodes enzyme system are the endoglucanases, exoglucanases, [beta]-glucosidases and xylanases. Their activities being related to and dependent on substrate composition and environmental factors (Elisashvili et al., 2008).

Cellulase application is one of the most effective methods for improving the yield of sugar from lignocellulose in obtaining bioethanol. For the time being, its wider use is still economically impracticable nowadays. It is therefore imperative to develop studies for producing large quantities of cellulose at lower costs.

This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the initial content of nitrogen (ammonium sulfate) and an inducer of hydrolytic enzymes (sugar cane bagasse) to produce holocelulases by Lentinula edodes as agents of change.

2. Material and Methods

2.1. Microorganism

The microorganism used in the experiment was the fungus basidiomycete Lentinula edodes (EF 49, 50 an 52 isolates) Collection of Work Technology Laboratory Non-timber Products from the Brazilian Agricultural Research --National Research Center for Forestry--EMBRAPA FORESTS (Colombo, PR, Brazil). The experiment was conducted at the Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering, at the Regional University of Blumenau, SC, Brazil, where the isolates were cultivated and kept in Petri dishes containing medium Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) for seven days in an environmental chamber at 25[degrees]C [+ or -] 1[degrees]C in the absence of light and after growth stored at 4[degrees]C.

2.2 Enzyme production

The enzymes production experiments were carried using submerged fermentation in the synthetic medium as proposed by Suarez et al. (2005): 0.68g/L of potassium hydrogenphosphate (K[H.sub.2]P[O.sub.4]), 0.87g/L potassium phosphate ([K.sub.2]HP[O.sub.4]), 0.2g/L magnesium sulfate (MgS[O.sub.4]-7[H.sub.2]O), 0.2g/L calcium chloride (Ca[Cl.sub.2]) 2 x [10.sup.-3] g/L of zinc sulfate (ZnS[O.sub.4]) 2 x [10.sup.-3] g/L of ferrous sulfate (FeS[O.sub.4]), 2 x [10.sup.-3]g/L magnesium sulfate (MnS[O.sub.4]) adjusted to pH 6.0.

For studying the effect of industrial residues use as carbon source in the induction of protein production, xylanases and cellulases isolated by L. edodes, the sugar cane bagasse, from local companies was used. The processing of the pulp was carried out following the methodology described by Souza et al. (2005), in which the pulp was washed several times with distilled water, dried at 60[degrees]C for 40 hours and ground in a knife mill into particle size of 2 mm.

To the synthetic medium was added a source of nitrogen (ammonium sulfate) and a carbon source (sugar cane bagasse), through a [2.sup.2] factorial experimental design with 3 replicates at the central point, as shown in Table 1. As a variable of the response, the amount of protein and activity of xylanase, endoglucanase, exoglucanase and [beta]-glucosidase, was assessed by response surface methodology (RSM).

Fermentations were performed in 250 ml Erlenmeyer flasks containing 150 ml of culture medium. The vials were closed with cotton wool plug wrapped with gauze and autoclaved at 121[degrees]C for 15 min. The culture medium with five pellets of L. edodes remained in shaker at 150rpm for 7 days at 25[degrees]C.

2.3 Enzymatic activities

Extraction of enzyme complex was performed by vacuum filtration. The extracts were centrifuged and stored at 4[degrees]C. The xylanase activity was determined by the amount of reducing sugars released from xylan "birchwood" as described by Bailey et al. (1992). The enzymatic assay was carried out using 0.9 mL of 1% xylan and 0.1 mL of enzyme extract, after 5 minutes of reaction the reducing sugars were measured by the method of 3,5 dinitrosalicylic (DNS) (Miller, 1959).

Endoglucanase and the exoglucanase activities were determined according to the method described by Tanaka et al. (1981). This method is to conduct the hydrolysis of a 0.44% solution of carboxymethyl cellulose in sodium acetate buffer 0.05 M pH 5.0 activity to the fraction of carboxymethyl cellulase and a 1.1% suspension of the same buffer, microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel) to the fraction avicelase. The reaction was initiated by the addition of 0.9 ml of enzyme extract in 1 ml solution of Avicel or 1 ml of CMC solution for exoglucanase and endoglucanase, respectively. The amount of reducing sugars was determined by the DNS method (Miller, 1959).

The activity of [beta]-glucosidase or cellobiose was determined according to Wood and Garcia-Campayo (1990), using 1 mL of cellobiose solution of 0.53% (diluted in sodium acetate buffer pH 5.0) and 1 ml of the enzyme extract and incubated at 50[degrees]C for 30 minutes. The reaction was stopped by immersing the tubes in boiling water for 5 minutes. After the transfer to a cold water bath, the produced glucose was determined using the kit based on the reaction of glucose oxidase-peroxidase by the GOD-POD method.

Protein concentration of the samples was determined through the proposed method by Bradford (1976). To each 300 mL of enzyme extract was added 3 mL of Bradford reagent left to react for 5 minutes at room temperature. As a result, a reading in spectrophotometer at 595 nm was done. The standard curve was made with solutions at concentrations of bovine albumin 50-200 mg/L. The concentration of total protein was expressed in mg/L.

For all enzyme tests, one enzyme activity unit (U) was defined as the amount of enzyme capable of liberating 1 [micro]mol of reducing sugars (glucose or xylose) per minute at 50[degrees]C and the enzyme activity expressed in [UIL.sup.-1] (U = [micro]mol [mL.sup.-1] [min.sup.-1]). The significance level for studies of protein production and the conditions study of enzyme extraction showed a 95% confidence. For the models validation, the analysis of variance was used, verifying the coefficient of determination ([R.sup.2]).

3. Results

The relationship between the variables for the enzymes activity was analyzed using the Response Surface Methodology (RSM), which is a collection of useful mathematical and statistical techniques for the modeling and analysis of problems in which a response of interest is influenced by several variables.

In this study the establishment of optimal conditions for enzyme production was performed as varying the concentrations of carbon source (sugarcane bagasse) and nitrogen (ammonium sulfate) in the submerged medium.

The best exploratory model equations for the activity of enzymes are presented in Table 2, along with the coefficients of determination ([R.sup.2]). Statistically significant effects at the 95% confidence level, where the response was the enzyme activity and proteins production. CB was cane bagasse (w/v) and AS was ammonium sulfate (w/v).

The coefficient of determination was used as a measure of how well the regression equation fits the data. It is the R square, the correlation coefficient that provides the degree of correlation between the dependent variable, Y, and the independent variable X.

Proteins coefficient to EF49 in this study ([R.sup.2] = 0.95) was satisfactory. To EF50 and EF52 a correlation coefficient of 0.78 was shown. This value indicated that 22% of the regression variance does not depend on the tested variables. The exoglucanase response had similar correlation coefficient ranging between 0.57 to 0.63 to all strains.

The [R.sup.2] for the strains allows the response surface plots obtainment (Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).

The endoglucanase was expressed by strain EF52 concentrations up to 1 [UIL.sup.-1] production of enzyme. EF50 0.3 [UIL.sup.-1], followed by 0.24 [UIL.sup.-1] strain EF49. That shows a maximum quantities of sugar cane bagasse as the ammonium sulfate are required in order to occur an increased enzyme production (Figure 1).

The diagram of the response surface (Figure 2) indicates that exodoglucanase is an independent variables function (sugarcane bagasse and ammonium sulfate concentration). The enzyme exoglucanase showed the highest value among the strains. The strain EF49 showed the maximum cellulase activity, 9 [UIL.sup.-1] (Figure 2). It is possible to verify the existence of an optimal region for the enzyme activity which is a combination band. To exoglucanase was verified that lesser sugarcane bagasse and smaller the amount of nitrogen source, the higher was the enzyme production. Also, the EF52 strain produced 4.8 [UIL.sup.-1] and the EF50 strain produced 4.4 [UIL.sup.-1].

The enzyme [beta]-glucosidase was produced only on the EF52 strain with 0.31 [UIL.sup.-1]. There was no enzyme production on EF49 and EF50 strains (Figure 3). The EF52 strain (Figure 4), is also noted in the production of 1[UIL.sup.-1] xylanase followed by 0.48[UIL.sup.-1] to EF49 strain and 0.45 UI.[L.sup.-1] to EF50 strain.

EF52 strain produced proteins with values up to 60mg/L. Bulk of ammonium sulfate and minor amounts of sugar cane bagasse generated best results in the production of proteins (Figure 5). Also the EF50 strain produced 40mg/L and the EF49 strain produced 30mg/L.

The Pareto chart for the enzyme production by the strains showed that the linear variable sugarcane bagasse (CB) has a positive effect on the enzyme production, but ammonium sulfate (AS) had a negative effect. The interaction between strains was also significant (Figure 6).

For the xylanase and the exoglucanase (6a, 6c) the concentration of sugar cane bagasse and also the strains were significant. Whereas for the endoglucanase and proteins (6b, 6d), only the strains was significant.

The three strains of L. edodes tended to acidification as shown in Figure 7. However, the EF49 strain was the one with reduced pH, reaching values lower than five. Even so, the EF52 and EF50 strains were not lower than pH 7 at seven days of culture.

4. Discussion

The experimental design is an important tool to analyze the enzyme production under different culture conditions, allowing the independent variables interaction analysis. In a study by Juhasz et al. (2005), Trichoderma reesei and different use of waste as a carbon source, such as cellulose delignified, in treated willow, conifer and com cob showed determinants that are sources for the production of [beta]-glucosidase. However, the production of [beta]-glucosidase by the genus Trichoderma is not as high as to Aspergillus phoenicis, which enhances the ability of this enzyme as a producer and the use of mixed cultures for the production of enzymes (Duff et al., 1986; Wen et al., 2005). As the genus Trichoderma, the species L. edodes does not seem to be a good producer of [beta]-glucosidase enzyme.

Mendoza et al. (2009) in their study had the highest xylanolytic activity (0.095 IU/mL) and cellulolytic (endoglucanases: CMCase 0.326 IU/mL, FPase 0.0635 IU/mL) when the T. hanzianum was cultured in medium with sugarcane bagasse. Considering the proximity of the polymers cellulose and hemicellulose in plant wall, it was not surprising that xilanolytic and cellulolytic activities of T. hanzianum were related.

Thus, according to Strieker et al. (2008), the nature of these hydrolases work synergistically to achieve complete degradation of biopolymers present on substrates, which does not corroborate with the results, where the amount of one of cellulases produced two times more than the xylanase.

For Jatinder et al. (2006), ammonium sulfate had also a positive effect on production of cellulases and xylanases to the fungus S. termophilium, however, in excess it inhibited the production of the same.

Garcia-Kirchner et al. (2002) cultivating Penicillium sp and A. terreas using liquid medium with sugarcane bagasse as carbon source and com steep liquor as a nitrogen source found similar results in the production of enzymes.

Few studies have demonstrated the effects of different nitrogen sources on the production of fungal cellulases. For Irfan et al. (2012) ammonium sulfate showed less enzyme production by fungi as compared to organic nitrogen sources like peptone, but is as good as yeast extract and better than casein.

In some studies it was observed that there were differences in enzyme activity among isolates of the same genus of Lentinula, which shows that not all members of the same genus have the same potential for the production of enzymes (Philippoussis et al., 2011).

Data obtained by Hofling et al. (2001) suggest that different nutritional compositions in the media, expressed by the electrophoretic profiles determine the expression of different proteins derived from alternative metabolic mechanisms.

Although, the comparison of these results to those from other studies is limited due to the wide variety of microorganisms used, as well as the fermentation conditions. All these factors cause a wide range of values in the literature.

The results indicated that for the cellulases and xylanases production, the use of ammonium sulfate as sole nitrogen source had a positive effect on the activity of the endoglucanase and proteins, under linear, but inhibited the production exoglucanases.

The production of hydrolytic enzymes was stimulated by the presence of higher concentration of the source of bagasse, characterizing it as an inducer. In turn, the nitrogen source use, ammonium sulfate, acted as a reducing agent in the synthesis of enzymes, and the lowest concentrations indicated for the cellulases and xylanases system production. Consequently, strains of L. edodes shown to produce different amounts of enzymes.

The pH value is an important variable for enzyme activity (Arantes et al., 2011). The tendency to acid pH values during the culture in liquid medium in order to produce fungal cellulases filamentous have been described in the literature (Chen and Wayman, 1991). In some studies it was found that there was in the culture media, a tendency to acidification during the first 48 hours, but in most of them, the pH stabilized or increased gradually. The low values are probably due to aerobic microbial activity (Antonio and Bianchini Junior, 2003). For further studies there must be tests using buffer or other residue that can simultaneously maintain the pH stabilization.

Besides the variety of enzyme production as well as the amount its production, in this study the strain which was determined as the largest number of enzymes was the EF52.


Acknowledgements--The authors thanks the EMBRAPA Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and CAPES, Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (Coordination for Higher Education Personnal Improvement).


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Chicatto, JA. (a)*, Costa, A. (b), Nunes, H. (c), Helm, CV. (d) and Tavares, LBB (e)

(a) Graduate Program in Environmental Engineering. Regional University of Blumenau--FURB, Rua Sao Paulo, 3250, Itoupava Seca, CEP 89030-000, Blumenau, SC, Brazil

(b) Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering, Regional University of Blumenau-FURB, Rua Sao Paulo, 3250, Itoupava Seca, CEP 89030-000, Blumenau, SC, Brazil

(c) Regional University of Blumenau--FURB, Rua Sao Paulo, 3250, Itoupava Seca, CEP 89030-000, Blumenau, SC, Brazil

(d) National Center for Research in Forestry, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation--EMBRAPA, Estrada da Ribeira, Km 111, Bairro Guaraituba, CEP 83411-000, Colombo, PR, Brazil

(e) Biochemistry Engineering, Regional University of Blumenau--FURB. Rua Sao Paulo, 3250, Itoupava Seca, CEP 89030-000, Blumenau, SC, Brazil

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Received: October 2, 2012--Accepted: January 22, 2012--Distributed: February 28, 2014 (With 7 figures)

Table 1. Matrix of the experiment. Assays 1
to 9 with repetition of the central point
(5.2 and 5.3). Where different concentrations
were assessed from -1 nitrogen source (0.1g/L)
0 (2.5g/L) and +1 (5.0g/L), with different
concentrations of the carbon source -1 (5.0g/L)
0 (15g/L) +1 (30g/L).

Trials   Sulfate of   Sugar cane
          ammonia      bagasse
         (Nitrogen     (Carbon
          Source)      source)

  1          -1           -1
  2          -1            0
  3          -1          + 1
  4           0           -1
 5.1          0            0
 5.2          0            0
 5.3          0            0
  6           0           +1
  7          +1           -1
  8          +1            0
  9          +1           +1

Table 2. Mathematical models and coefficients of
determination ([R.sup.2]) obtained for the enzyme activities
as a function of sugarcane bagasse and ammonium sulfate

Model of enzyme activities                      [R.sup.2]
and proteins concentration

EF 49 Xilanase = 0.3109+0.0021*CB-               0,7387

EF 49 Exoglucanase =                             0,6346
AS+0.0017* AS^2+0

EF 49 Endoglucanase = 0.0180-                    0,7206

EF 49 Proteinas = 9.3013-                        0,9583

EF 50 Xilanase =                                 0,8458

EF 50 Exoglucanase =                             0,5785

EF 50 Endoglucanase = 0.2017-                    0,7989

EF 50 Proteinas = 0.2017-0.0101                  0,7948
*CB+0.0006*CBA2-0.1283 *AS+0.0154*AS^2+0

EF 52 Xilanase = 0.2820+0.0009*CB+0.0001         0,9656

EF 52 Exoglucanase =                             0,6287

EF 52 Endoglucanase = 0.000-                     0,9418

EF 52 Proteinas = 13.8754-                       0,7893

* CB= Cane bagasse; AS= Ammonium sulfate.

Figure 6. Pareto chart of the factorial design for the influence of
the independent variable sugarcane bagasse and ammonium sulfate on
enzyme production by L.edodes (a. xylanase; b endoglucanase; c.
exoglucanase; d. proteins)


Estimated effects (absolute value)

(2)CB(L)         6,3732
1Lby2L           5,442722
1Lby3L           -3,22218
2Lby3L           -2,95907
L(Q)             -1,9749
(3)AS(L)         -1,93753
AS(Q)            1,635569
CB(Q)            -1,02736
(1)L             ,1887456


Standardized Effect Estimate (Absolute Value)

L(Q)             5,056259
CB(Q)            -2,04057
2Lby3L           1,788002
(1)L(L)          1,689591
(2)BC(L)         -1,00568
1Lby3L           -,993196
1Lby2L           ,8021452
AS(Q)            -,550678
(3)AS(L)         -,495353


Standardized Effect Estimate (Absolute Value)

(2)6C(L)         5,7236
1Lby3L           -4,77137
1Lby2L           4,383525
BC(Q)            -4,09066
L(Q)             -3,22355
2Lby3L           -2,32494
(3)AS(L)         -1,22246
(1)L(L)          ,7676031
BC(Q)            ,368112


Standardized Effect Estimate (Absolute Value)

2Lby3L           -3.8973
L(Q)             -2,86067
1Lby3L           -2,85992
(3)AS(L)         2,439653
(1)L(L)          -2,37531
AS(Q)            1,495936
(2)BC(L)         -,958228
BC(Q)            -,801371
1Lby2L           ,3850184

Note: Table made from bar graph.
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