Author(s): Kumar CG, Takagi H
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Abstract Alkaline proteases are of considerable interest in view of their activity and stability at alkaline pH. This review describes the proteases that can resist extreme alkaline environments produced by a wide range of alkalophilic microorganisms. Different isolation methods are discussed which enable the screening and selection of promising organisms for industrial production. Further, strain improvement using mutagenesis and/or recombinant DNA technology can be applied to augment the efficiency of the producer strain to a commercial status. The various nutritional and environmental parameters affecting the production of alkaline proteases are delineated. The purification and properties of these proteases is discussed, and the use of alkaline proteases in diverse industrial applications is highlighted.
This article was published in Biotechnol Adv
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation