Facile fabrication of lipase to amine functionalized gold nanoparticles to enhance stability and activity

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Among various techniques of immobilization, EDC/NHS cross linking is a simple and single step process for covalent coupling between enzymes and nanoparticles. Here we describe immobilization of lipase on amine functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs-NH2) to attain enhanced activity and stability. To achieve a suitable orientation, it is necessary to understand the contribution of different functional groups on the enzyme's surface. Therefore, the crystal structure of lipase was analyzed using a computational method (PyMOL) to find the exposed acidic amino acid residues that can be exploited for conjugation. Confirmation of conjugation (AuNP-NH2-lipase) was determined by various techniques such as agarose gel electrophoresis, zeta measurement, FTIR-spectroscopy and TEM. Further, catalytic parameters (Vmax, KM,app, Kcat, and Kcat/KM,app) have been studied to establish activity enhancement upon immobilization. The data also suggested that, AuNP-NH2-lipase has desirable improved parameters such as temperature and storage stability. The thermodynamic parameters for the kinetics of deactivation (ΔH°D, ΔS°Dand ΔG°D) of the AuNP-NH2-lipase and free lipase demonstrated better stability of the conjugate. CD and fluorescence spectroscopic studies revealed minor structural rearrangements in the enzyme upon conjugation. Thus the AuNP-NH2-lipase conjugate represents a novel enzyme preparation with attributes of high activity and stability that could be an attractive choice in diverse applications ranging from catalysis to diagnostics.




Shikha, S., Thakur, K. G., & Bhattacharyya, M. S. (2017). Facile fabrication of lipase to amine functionalized gold nanoparticles to enhance stability and activity. RSC Advances, 7(68), 42845–42855. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra06075k

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