Investigations of the industrial compatible aqueous purification techniques and intrinsic stabilizing factors for nattokinase

  • Xiong Xin

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Nattokinase is a potent fibrinolytic enzyme produced by Bacillus sutbilis, which is one of the most important sources of fibrinolytic enzymes. Nattokinase has a dual function of hydrolyzing blood thrombin directly and indirectly. It was found to be active between pH 6-12 and lose fibrinolytic activity dramatically when pH is lower than 5. Currently nattokinase preparations are not pure enough to get rid of the unique smell that is repulsive to the non-Japanese. These two reasons severely blocked nattokinase to be developed for food and pharmaceutical industrial usages as supplements and active ingredients. The objective of this study was to isolate the bacteria which have ability to produce nattokinase-like fibrinolytic enzyme, purify and characterize these enzymes to determine the actual biochemical properties. An industrial compatible aqueous protocol can be applied not only for the purification of nattokinase but also for other fibrinolytic enzymes from Bacillus source was established to purify the enzymes to homogeneous. The intrinsic stabilizing factors in raw nattokinase fermented broth were also identified in order to make natural stable nattokinase preparation for acidic environment. 71 strains belonging to 13 different genus was determined as the fibrinolytic enzyme producing bacteria. The fibrinoytic enzyme produced by Bacillus tequilensis, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, and Bacillus cereus was purified and characterized. One of these three enzymes was determined to be a new fibrinolytic enzyme that never be reported. The purification protocol established here contained 3 operation units that including one chromatographic separation step followed by membrane polishing after nattokinase was extracted with 70% ammonium sulphate from the fermented broth. The purified nattokinase and other fibrinolytic enzymes showed single band as tested by SDS-PAGE and already pure enough to determine the N-terminal sequence directly by Edman degradation. A purification efficiency of 476.1 fold enzymatic activity increase with 48.3% recovery was obtained by using this protocol to purity nattokinase at lab level. The efficiency was 428.1-fold with 42.6% recovery at industrial compatible pilot scale (60-fold amplification). The efficiency was 329.7-fold with 42.7% recovery for purification of fibrinolytic enzyme produced by Bacillus tequilensis, 221.7-fold with the recovery of 32.5% for purification of fibrinolytic enzyme produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and 288.5 fold with 38.7% recovery for purification of fibrinolytic enzyme produced by Bacillus cereus. The purification fold of most current protocols used for nattokinase and other fibrinolyitc enzymes purification was lower than 100 and the recovery fall in between 6.28% to 80%. Thus, the protocol established in this study has a very high purification efficiency. The result of intrinsic stabilizing factor identification shown both starch and levan have the stabilizing effect on nattokinase at low pH environment. The stabilizing ability of starch is much higher than levan, and was retained even hydrolyzed by amylase. The active concentration range of starch was from 20 and up to 500 æg/ml at the pH range of 4-5.

Date of Award20 Apr 2016
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorZongwei CAI (Supervisor)

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  • Analysis
  • Fibrinolytic agents
  • Purification.

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