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Organic Solvent Tolerant (OST) Lipases, Sources and Industrial Applications

Farooq Ahmad Ahanger, Suhaib Mohd Malik, Najeeb Wani, Sanjay Sahay, Kirti Jain


Enzymes are natural catalysts. Lipases are used widely and have property of performing reaction in aqueous as well as organic solvents. Absolutely, in the recent times, there has been continuous increase in the number of publications, regarded properties and industrial applications of lipase catalyzed reactions. Lipases form an essential part of the industries ranging from food, dairy, pharmaceuticals, agrochemical and detergents to oleo-chemicals, tea industries, cosmetics, leather and in a number of bio-remediation processes. The use of organic solvent tolerant (OST) lipases in organic media has showed various advantages: improved activity and stability, substrate solubility are higher, simple products recovery, regio-specificity and stereo-selectivity and also capability to shift the reaction equilibrium towards synthetic area. Consequently, the search for OST enzymes has been a wide area of research. A diversity of fatty-acid esters is currently being produced commercially with immobilized lipase within non-aqueous solvents. This review illustrates the organic tolerance and industrial uses of lipases. The main stress is to study the nature of OST lipases. Also, the possible industrial applications of lipase that make it the bio-catalysts of option for the current and future have been available.
Keywords: Organic solvent tolerant (OST) lipases, sources, properties, applications

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Ahanger FA, Malik SM, Wani N, et al. Organic Solvent Tolerant (OST) Lipases, Sources and Industrial Applications. Research & Reviews: A Journal of Life Sciences. 2019; 9(1): 32–42p.


Key words: OST lipases, sources, properties, applications

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