Background Catalase (CAT) is an important enzyme that degrades H2O2 into H2O and O2. To obtain an efficient catalase, in this study, a new strain of high catalase-producing Serratia marcescens, named FZSF01, was screened and its catalase was purified and characterized. Results After optimization of fermentation conditions, the yield of catalase produced by this strain was as high as 51,468 U/ml. This catalase was further purified using two steps: DEAE-fast flow and Sephedex-G150. The purified catalase showed a specific activity of 197,575 U/mg with a molecular mass of 58 kDa. This catalase exhibited high activity at 20–70°C and pH 5.0–11.0. Km of the catalase was approximately 68 mM, and Vmax was 1886.8 mol/min mg. This catalase was further identified by LC–MS/MS, and the encoding gene was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) with a production of 17,267 ± 2037 U/ml. Conclusions To our knowledge, these results represent one of the highest fermentation levels reported among current catalase-producing strains. This FZSF01 catalase may be suitable for several industrial applications that comprise exposure to alkaline conditions and under a wide range of temperatures.
Jia, X., Lin, X., Lin, C., Lin, L., & Chen, J. (2017). Enhanced alkaline catalase production by Serratia marcescens FZSF01: Enzyme purification, characterization, and recombinant expression. Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, 30, 110–117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejbt.2017.10.001