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Biosynthesis of β-galactosidase from Aspergillus oryzae using milk powder as substrate

Ikram-Ul-Haq, Shanza Ashraf, Ali Nawaz, Yesra Arshad and Hamid Mukhtar

The purpose of the current study was to produce highly active and stable β-galactosidase by using submerged fermentation employing indigenously isolated fungi. Different soil and food samples were collected from various waste lands and restaurants kitchens of Lahore for fungal strains isolation. X-gal based screening resulted in the isolation of 42 β-galactosidase producing fungal strains. Out of these, highest production (112.34± 0.23 U/mL/min) of β-galactosidase was shown by fungal isolate IIB-26 that was further subjected to 18S rDNA sequencing and was identified as Aspergillus oryzae. This work also focused on optimizing different fermentation parameters to enhance the productivity of β-galactosidase. The maximum productivity of β-galactosidase i.e. 112.34±0.23 U/mL/min was attained using soya bean meal medium of pH 4 after 120 hours of incubation, at 30oC, using soya bean meal as carbon and urea as nitrogen source when it was inoculated with 3% inoculum of A. oryzae conidial suspension. The biosynthesis of enzyme was increased 3 times after optimization of fermentation parameters. The present work would help in future to decline the incidence of hypolactasia among Asian people by developing lactase supplements

To Cite this article: Haq, I.U., S. Ashraf, A. Nawaz, Y. Arshad and H. Mukhtar. 2021. Biosynthesis of β-galactosidase from Aspergillus oryzae using milk powder as substrate. Pak. J. Bot., 53(1): DOI:

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