Improvement in saccharification yield of mixed rumen enzymes by identification of recalcitrant cell wall constituents using enzyme fingerprinting.
Badhan, A., Wang, Y., Gruninger, R.J., Patton, D., Powlowski, J., Tsang, A., and McAllister, T.A. (2015). "Improvement in saccharification yield of mixed rumen enzymes by identification of recalcitrant cell wall constituents using enzyme fingerprinting.", BioMed Research International, 2015(Article number 562952). doi : 10.1155/2015/562952 Access to full text
Identification of recalcitrant factors that limit digestion of forages and the development of enzymatic approaches that improve hydrolysis could play a key role in improving the efficiency of meat and milk production in ruminants. Enzyme fingerprinting of barley silage fed to heifers and total tract indigestible fibre residue (TIFR) collected from feces was used to identify cell wall components resistant to total tract digestion. Enzyme fingerprinting results identified acetyl xylan esterases as key to the enhanced ruminal digestion. FTIR analysis also suggested cross-link cell wall polymers as principal components of indigested fiber residues in feces. Based on structural information from enzymatic fingerprinting and FTIR, enzyme pretreatment to enhance glucose yield from barley straw and alfalfa hay upon exposure to mixed rumen-enzymes was developed. Prehydrolysis effects of recombinant fungal fibrolytic hydrolases were analyzed using microassay in combination with statistical experimental design. Recombinant hemicellulases and auxiliary enzymes initiated degradation of plant structural polysaccharides upon application and improved the in vitro saccharification of alfalfa and barley straw by mixed rumen enzymes. The validation results showed that microassay in combination with statistical experimental design can be successfully used to predict effective enzyme pretreatments that can enhance plant cell wall digestion by mixed rumen enzymes.
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