Research on lipase inhibitors could help in the therapy of diseases caused by lipase-producing microorganisms and in the design of novel lipase substrate specificities for biotechnology. Here we report a fast and sensitive colorimetric microassay that is low-cost and suitable for high-throughput experiments for the evaluation of lipase activity and inhibition. Comparison of Candida rugosa activity and inhibition with previous HPLC results validated the method, and revealed the importance of the reaction mixture composition. The assay was used to evaluate the effect of saturated fatty acids on Bacillus-related lipases. Cell-bound esterases were strongly inhibited by fatty acids, suggesting a negative feedback regulation by product, and a role of these enzymes in cell membrane turnover. Bacillus subtilis LipA was moderately activated by low concentrations of fatty acids and was inhibited at greater concentrations. LipB-like esterases were highly activated by myristic and lauric acids and were only slightly inhibited by high capric acid concentrations. Such an activation, reported here for the first time in bacterial lipases, seems to be part of a regulatory system evolved to ensure a high use of carbon sources, and could be related to the successful adaptation of Bacillus strains to nutrient-rich environments with strong microbial competition.
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|Titolo:||Activation and inhibition of Candida rugosa and Bacillus-related lipases by saturated fatty acids, evaluated by a new colorimetric microassay|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|