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Determination of oxygen profiles in biocatalyst particles by means of a combined polarographic oxygen microsensor

Authors
Journal
Enzyme and Microbial Technology
0141-0229
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0141-0229(90)90035-o
Keywords
  • Oxygen Microsensor
  • Agarose
  • Immobilizedl-Lactate 2-Monooxygenase
  • Oxygen Profiles
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract When studying the effect of immobilization of enzymes or whole cells on the conversion of substrate, more information is gained if measurements of substrate inside the biocatalyst particles are possible. With the methods used until now, only measurements outside the particle can be performed. In this article a method for measuring oxygen profiles in a biocatalyst particle under steady state conditions is described. The biocatalyst particle was made of agarose and contained the enzyme l-lactate 2-monooxygenase. This enzyme decarboxylates lactic acid to acetic acid in the presence of oxygen. The experiments were carried out in a flow chamber with the use of a micromanipulator and a stereomicroscope. The data were sampled by means of a computer. Four different profiles were measured using four different enzyme concentrations. The measured oxygen profiles were reproducible and the signal was very stable. It was also possible to measure the boundary layer around the particle. With the use of the oxygen microsensor, measurements in a biocatalyst particle could be performed accurately, giving way for model validation.

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