alexa Insilico Screening and Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Textile Dye Decolourization by Crude Laccase Immobilised Alginate Encapsulated Beads from Pleurotus Ostreatus
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Insilico Screening and Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Textile Dye Decolourization by Crude Laccase Immobilised Alginate Encapsulated Beads from Pleurotus Ostreatus

Chinnathambi Velu1*, Ezhilarasan Veeramani1, Sridhar Suntharam2 and Kasinathan Kalimuthu1
1Research Associate, ARMATS BIOTEK Research Institute, Kottur, Chennai, India-600085
2Assistant Professor, Jeppiaar Engineering College, Jeppiaar nagar, Chennai, India-600119
Corresponding Author : Chinnathambi Velu
Research Associate, ARMATS BIOTEK Research Institute
Kottur, Chennai, India-600085
E-mail: [email protected]
Received July 29, 2011; Accepted November 19, 2011; Published November 21, 2011
Citation: Velu C, Veeramani E, Suntharam S, Kalimuthu K (2011) Insilico Screening and Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Textile Dye Decolourization by Crude Laccase Immobilised Alginate Encapsulated Beads from Pleurotus Ostreatus. J Bioprocess Biotechniq 1:109. doi: 10.4172/2155-9821.1000109
Copyright: © 2011 Velu C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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The necessity to safeguard the environment has increased the potential of enzyme usage in textile processing to ensure eco-friendly production. Laccase enzyme formulation has been used in textile processing such as biobleaching, dyeing, rove scouring, finishing, neps removal, printing, wash-off treatment, dye synthesis and effluent treatment. However, a high cost associated with biocatalyst production is still a hindrance to their use. Pleurotus ostreatus is a white-rot fungus that produces a ligninolytic enzyme complex rich in several laccase iso-enzymes. The main objective of this study is optimize influence of pH and stability of divalent metal ion- immobilzed crude laccase enzyme towards decolourization of prototype textile dyes such as Reactive red 80 (Red F3B) and Reactive blue 21(T Blue G). Wheat bran is used as a lead candidature for production of lignolytic enzyme using Pleurotus osteratus by solid state fermentation. Two divalent metal ions such as Zn2+ and Ca2+ were selected to study the influence of metal ions towards the dye decolourization. Results revealed that Ca2+ ion was better compared to Zn2+ ion towards enzyme immobilization and its influence on dye decolourization in the optimal pH 5.5. Finally, interactions between laccase and dyes were studied exclusively using Insilco structure based molecular docking methods. 

Dye degradation; Pleurotus ostreatus;Agricultural wastes; Laccase; Molecular docking
Nearly ten thousand types of synthetic dyes are widely used in the textile, paper, printing and leather tanning industries, corresponding to 8x105 tonnes per year [1]. The chemical classes of synthetic dyes mostly used in industrial processes are azo, anthraquinone, sulfur, indigoid, triphenylmethyl (trityl) and phthalocyanine derivatives, although other types have many applications such as triazyne [2]. Besides the color effect, the majority of these compounds are toxic, carcinogenic and highly persistent in the environment. Conventional biological treatment of wastewater is not effective for degradation of dyes, and so a number of chemical and physical techniques have been used to remove them, including adsorption to inorganic or organic matrices, decolorization by photo catalysis and oxidation [3].
However, some ligninolytic microorganisms are capable of degrading a wide variety of pollutants resembling lignin or its derivative, and are an attractive option due to low cost, specificity and the possibility of total mineralization of these compounds [4]. Basidiomycete’s fungi are the most efficient lignin-degrading organisms that produce mainly laccase (EC, lignin peroxidase (EC and manganese peroxidase (EC Laccases are copper-containing oxidases that biocatalyzes the oxidation of electron-rich natural and synthetic organic substrates, in a non-specific manner and degrade them into nontoxic molecular species without forming any recalcitrant metabolites. So only laccase are been used for bioremediation process due to their ability to degrade azo, heterocyclic, reactive and polymeric dyes [5].
A number of oxidative enzymes from bacteria, fungi and plants have been reported to play an important role in numerous waste treatment applications [6], Laccase is one of these oxidative enzymes, which appears to have a great potential [7] and it alone has a limited effect on bioremediation due to its specificity for phenolic subunits in lignin.
Value added bioproducts are at receiving end with greater demand in the global market. Potentially high titres of enzyme products can be produced by solid substrate fermentation [8]. Low cost alternative like agro-wastes are bio-prospected for enhanced enzyme production. Solid-state fermentation (SSF) is generally defined as a culture for the production of ligninolytic enzymes because it mimics the natural environment of the white rot fungi [9,10]. The inductive capability of rice bran to laccase production may be related with its phenolic compounds such as ferulic acid, vanillic acid which were reported to be an inducer for laccase production by white rot fungi [11,12]. Ferulic acid is found approximately 0.1% (w/v) and easily prepared in large quantity from rice bran [13]. Wheat bran provides a conducive, natural habitat for high secretion of lingo-cellulolytic enzymes without incorporation any initial amount of carbon and nitrogen supplements, thereby reducing the process economics. Natural phenolic mediators such as ferulic acid, coumaric acid and syringic acid are present as abundant source in wheat bran, which stimulates in enhanced laccase enzyme production in white rot fungi [14].
Biological processes are efficient at low contaminant concentrations, can be sensitive to shock loads, require long hydraulic retention times and form large amounts of solid residues [15]. Some of these disadvantages can be overcome in an enzyme-based reactor, since enzymes are able to operate over a broad concentration range [16,17]. The potential advantages of this enzymatic treatment, as compared to conventional treatments, include application to recalcitrant materials, operation at high and low contaminant concentrations over a wide pH, temperature and salinity range. Recent research in this area has focused on enzymatic process for the treatment of wastewater and soil [18,19].
In general, it is accepted that in order to increase the potential use of enzymes in wastewater treatment processes, their immobilization is absolutely essential for biochemical stability and reuse [20-22]. Consequently, several studies support the immobilization of laccase. By using these immobilized forms, adequate characteristics including high resistance to thermal denaturation, significant improvement of the enzymatic activity, and its preservation for long periods, have been frequently reported.
In the present study, an attempt has been made to explore the potential decolourization of synthetic textile dyes by using immobilized laccase enzymes isolated from white rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus and also in remediation of the dye. The results obtained from the decolourization of two reactive dyes by the fungus have been described in this article.
Materials and Methods
Organism and inoculum
The fungal culture, Pleurotus ostreatus, was obtained from the Microbiology Department, Thiyagarayar college of Arts and Science, Madurai, and was maintained in Potato Dextrose Agar medium (PDA), This was used as inoculums for the experiments.
The azo dye Reactive Red 80 (Red F3B) and Reactive Blue 21(T Blue G) Figure 1 and 2 were obtained from local dye manufacturing unit, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, India. The chemical structures of reactive dyes are shown in Figure 1,2 were selected on the basis of their structural diversity and frequent use in local textile industries. The media components and chemicals were purchased from SD Fine Labs, Himedia Labs, and Bombay, India. All chemicals used were of analytical grade.
Enzyme production
Laccase enzyme was produced using solid state fermentation method. Totally, three different agro-wastes were used as substrates, namely wheat bran, rice bran and green gram. 20 grams of each agro waste was moistened (70%) with double distilled water and transferred into the conical flasks (250 ml) and sterilised. 6mm 5 discs of Pleurotus osteratus (5 day old culture) were inoculated and the flask incubated at room temperature for 12 days. The contents were extracted with 50 ml sodium acetate buffer (0.2 M) at pH 5.4 and kept overnight in the shaker. The filtrate was centrifuged at 5000 rpm for 20 minutes, the supernatant was collected and subjected to dialysis and stored at 4°C. Later, the partially purified enzyme was used in enzyme estimation and dye degradation studies.
Enzyme activity assay
Extra cellular laccase activity was measured spectrophotometrically following Wolfenden and Wilson method [23] by utilizing syringaldazine as substrate for partially purified enzyme. The reaction mixture contains 0.1 ml of 1 mM syringaldazine in 1.8 ml of 0.2 M sodium acetate buffer (pH 5.4) and 0.1 ml of enzyme. The reaction was monitored by measuring the change in A530 for 3 minutes. One unit enzyme activity was defined as the amount of enzyme that oxidizes 1 m mole of syringaldazine per minute at 25°C. The experiment was carried out three times finally the mean value has taken as enzyme activity.
pH stability of partially purified Laccase [10]
For determination of pH stability of partially purified laccase enzyme from Pleurotus ostreatus, using wheat bran, the enzyme was incubated with different buffers of pH ranging from 4.0, 4.6, 5.0, 5.6, 6.0, 6.6, 7.0, 7.6, and 8.0 after 60 mins incubation the samples were assayed for enzyme activity under standard condition as described before. The experiment was carried out three times; the mean value has been taken as pH stability.
Temperature stability of partially purified Laccase [11]
To determine the temperature stability of partially purified laccase enzyme from Pleurotus Ostreatus using wheat bran, the enzyme was incubated with sodium acetate buffer of pH 5.8 was incubated with different temperature ranging from 40°C, 50°C, 60°C, 70°C, 80°C, 90°C and 100°C after 15mins incubation the samples were assayed for enzyme activity under standard condition as described before. The experiment was carried out three times; the mean value has been taken as pH stability.
Enzyme activity on gel
Gel electrophoresis was carried out on glass plates of 10.5 x 10.5 cm (Biorad, USA) in 10% (w/v) polyacrylamide gel with Tris/glycine buffer, pH 8.3. To detect laccase activity after NATIVE- PAGE, this gel was incubated at 35ºC for 30 min. It was then rinsed with sodium acetate buffer 0.2 M, pH 5.4 for 10 min and subsequently submerged in 0.1ml guaiacol. The laccase active band was highlighted in dark brown.
Dye decolourization by enzyme immobilization technique
Immobilization of laccase enzyme was carried out using two different metal ions (calcium and zinc). 3 grams of sodium alginate was added slowly to warm water which was continuously stirred. Later, 5-10 ml of the enzyme was added and mixed well. The enzyme beads were prepared at three different pH values of 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5 by adjusting the pH of the sodium alginate solution accordingly before adding the enzyme.
Calcium and zinc alginate beads formation: The dissolved sodium alginate solution was dropped from a height of 15-20 centimetres into beakers containing 0.2M calcium chloride solution. Each drop, falling into the beaker, settled in the form of beads and the enzyme was entrapped in the core region of each bead. The beads formed were kept in the calcium chloride solution for 3-4 hours at room temperature in order to harden. After 3 hours, the beads were washed with double distilled water and stored in 50 mM calcium chloride solution, like wise prepared Zinc alginate beads by using zinc chloride solution instead of calcium chloride.
Effective pH and metal ions optimization in dye degradation
Two Reactive dyes were collected from textile units located in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, India ie, Reactive Red 180 and Reactive Blue 21. The dyes were dissolved in double distilled water in the range of 100 ppm. Later, the prepared dyes were treated with the above mentioned enzyme beads (calcium alginate and zinc alginate).
The degradation of dyes was analyzed using a spectrophotometer. Reactive Red 180 was analyzed at 540 nm and Reactive Blue 21 at 630nm. The absorbance was measured every 24 hr for eleven days. The degree of decolourization was calculated using the following formula.
decolourization percentage= (Initial absorbance - final absorbance/ initial absorbance) x 100
Optimization of pH in dye decolourization with Czapek`s dox broth medium
The Czapek`s dox [24] broth medium was prepared in 250 ml conical flasks for each 100 ml at 3 different pH values of 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5. The dyes (Reactive Red 180 and reactive Blue 21) were amended individually for each pH value. The medium was autoclaved and inoculated in 5 discs of Pleurotus ostreatus fungus. The absorbance of the dye in all the flasks was measured every 24 hr for eleven days. The degree of decolourization was calculated using the following formula.
decolourization percentage=(Initial absorbance-final absorbance/initial absorbance)x100
In silico analysis
Homology modelling and structural analysis: The protein sequences used in this project were isolated from Universal Protein Resource [25] The templates used for homology modelling were obtained by running BLAST against the Protein Data Bank (PDB) [26]. On the basis of these hits given by BLAST, the required template PDB structures were downloaded from the protein data bank [27] and global alignment was then performed between the COX-2 sequence and the selected template. The identities between templates were retrieved in terms of the score provided by ClustalW [28]. The structure was modelled using effective and comparative molecular modelling software named MODELLER 27. Modelled structures were then validated with the help of DOPE scores [29] defined by MODELLER. Later, these structures were analyzed with the help of PROCHECK [30] all the macromolecules and ligands were viewed and analyzed with the help of two molecular viewers namely Chimera [31] and VMD [32].
Molecular docking studies: Molecular Docking is a computational technique used in Cheminformatics research. It involves the rapid Computational assessment of most favourable interacting regions between two different molecules. PyRx is virtual screening software for Computational Drug Discovery (CDD). It uses a large body of already established open source software such as Auto Dock 4 [33] and Auto Dock Vina. These two are used as docking software. Python was used as a programming/scripting language. Open Babel was used for importing SDF files, removing salts and energy minimization. Initially, dyes were energy minimized using the steepest decent method [34] with MMFF94 force field [35] later subjected to molecular docking analysis.
Results and Discussion
The main objective of this study was the application of laccase systems in dye decolourization. The activity of the laccase enzyme excreted by Pleurotus ostreatus was investigated through SSF on agro-industrial waste including wheat bran (WB), rice bran (RB) and green gram (GG). These wastes acted as the sole carbon source.
Laccase enzyme assay using syringaldazine
Wheat bran substrate showed the highest enzyme activity (2.565U/ ml) after dialysis Chart 1, various types of oxidative enzymes are produced by white rot fungi in order to make use of lignocellulosic substrates for nutrition [36] SSF has been considered an efficient method for enzyme production in biotechnology due to its high yield.
The high level of laccase production could be attributed to the presence of ferulic acid in wheat bran. In this study, we selected SSF using various agro wastes such as wheat bran, rice bran and green gram for optimizing the best substrate that exhibits maximum laccase activity. The results indicated that after harvesting and dialysis, the maximum laccase activity was reported in the 12th day sample of wheat bran, whereas other samples showed declining activity.
pH stability of partially purified Laccase
Among the different pH values such as 4.0, 4.6, 5.0, 5.6, 6.0, 6.6, 7.0, 7.6, and 8.0 after 60 mins incubation the pH 6.0 showed high activity Chart 2.
Temperature stability of partially purified laccase
Among the different temperature such as 40°C, 50°C, 60°C, 70°C, 80°C, 90°C and 100°C after 60 mins incubation the samples were assayed for enzyme activity under standard condition as described before. Laccase showed high stability at the temperature 70°C so laccase is thermo stability in nature Chart 3.
Zymogram analysis: laccase activity on native PAGE
The activity of partially purified Laccase was determined on native PAGE using guaiacol as a substrate. The oxidized region appeared as a clear dark brown band Figure 3.
Dye decolourization by Enzyme immobilization technique
Effective pH and effective metal ion optimization in dye decolorizing process by enzyme immobilization technique: Laccase enzyme beads were prepared using two metal ions ie., calcium chloride and zinc chloride at three different pH levels (4.5, 5.5, and 6.5). Reactive Red 80 and Reactive Blue 21 were used for the analysis of degradation bye immobilised laccase. From the detailed analysis, the optimum metal ion for dye decolourization using immobilized system was found to be calcium at a pH of 5.5. The reactive dye Red 80 showed maximum dye degradation percentage at pH 5.5 was 40.71 on 11th day while other pH values showed dye degradation percentage for pH 4.5 was 29.26% and 6.5 was 28.70% by using calcium alginate beads. And by using Zinc alginate beads, the dye degradation percentage was at pH 4.5=13.04%, 5.5=19.99% and 6.5=15.57% on 11th day. Whereas the reactive Blue 21 showed maximum dye degradation percentage at pH 5.5 was 67.42% on 11th day while other pH values showed dye degradation percentage for pH 4.5 was 33.21% and 6.5 was 33.02% by using calcium alginate beads. And by using Zinc alginate beads, the dye degradation percentage was at pH 4.5=20.84%, 5.5=24.71% and 6.5=24.09% on 11th day Table 1.
pH optimization in dye decolourization with Czapek`s dox broth medium
The optimum pH for the maximum dye degradation was found to be 5.5 through Czapek`s dox broth medium analysis Table 2 and 3.
Molecular modelling of laccase
The sequence of Laccase was retrieved from Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) and its corresponding sequence id was P51589. It consists of 529 amino acids. This sequence was subjected to similarity search against Protein Data Bank, using the BLAST tool offered by NCBI. Later, the templates were selected on the basis of structural hits and its alignment pattern against the query sequence. The selected templates were as follows: chain A of 1GYC, chain A of 3KW7 and chain A of to 1V10.
The advanced modelling tutorial package offered in MODELLER was utilized for comparative molecular modelling. The DOPE score belonging to the best modeled structure was -60304.7734. The stereo-chemistry qualities of the structures were validated with PROCHECK [37] structural validation tool. PROCHECK results clearly indicated the higher fidelity of modeled Laccase structure Figure 4.
Molecular docking studies
The enzyme Laccase and dyes Reactive Red 80 and reactive Blue 21 were subject to molecular docking analysis using AutoDock Module, which is available in PYRX-0.8 software. In the AutoDock Module, molecular docking was performed using Genetic algorithm parameters with a maximum of 25, 00, 000 energy evaluations Table 4. Later, results were analyzed with the help of AutoDock [38] tools 1.4.5. The interactions between the ligand and the target are given in Figure 5. The amino acids interact with dyes are exhibiting remarkably enhanced binding affinities. The residue Valine 218 was interacting with two dyes and plays a potential role in degradation. The higher affinity of this small molecule was presumably attributed to the formation of hydrogen bonds and eventually leads to the degradation of dyes. The hydrogen bond between drugs and Laccase are highlighted as green colour beads Figure 5.
The utilization of bioremediation techniques in the degradation of industrial pollutants is a research field of high focus. Particularly, laccase enzymes play a vital role in biodegradation of toxic substances. From this study, it is evident that immobilization of laccase enzyme using calcium metal ion would enhance its activity when compared to zinc metal ion. Also, the optimum pH for a maximum laccase enzyme activity in dye degradation is 5.5. The interaction between the dyes and enzyme were discussed effectively with the help of in silico analysis. Hence, employing immobilized laccase enzyme for the degradation of dyes Reactive Red 80 and reactive Blue 21 could be effective bioremediation method to prevent industrial pollution.
Cordially, we would like to thank our director Dr. P. Arumugam, ARMATSBIOTEK and all my colleagues for their moral support in this study.

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