Isolation, characterization and enzymatic hydrolysis of water-soluble wood polysaccharides

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The need for new renewable products has enhanced the interest in cellulose and hemicellulose as raw material. The wood plant cell wall is a complex mixture of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin and minor amounts of pectin, proteins and extractives. Several interactions between the compounds make them difficult to separate without modification. O-acetyl-galactoglucomannan (O-acetyl-GGM), the major hemicellulose in spruce, has been the main focus of this thesis. Heat-fractionation with microwave irradiation and size-fractionation with size exclusion chromatography have been used for the isolation of O-acetyl-GGM. HPLC, NMR and MALDI-MS were used as characterization methods. The structure of O-acetyl-GGM is sensitive to temperature, residence time and pH during the heat-fractionation. Considering MW, yield of GGM and sugar composition the best conditions for extracting O-acetyl-GGM using microwave irradiation were found to be a pH between 4-5, a temperature of 190°C and a residence time of 5 min.

Cellulose- and hemicellulose-degrading enzymes are valuable tools for the investigation of O-acetyl-GGM. The possibility to characterize O-acetyl-GGM is improved by the purification and characterization of a beta-mannosidase (Man2A) from Aspergillus niger. Man2A has the capacity to catalyze the cleavage of mannosyl residues from the non-reducing end of manno-oligosaccharides, soluble and insoluble mannans and glucomannans. Man2A was shown to remove acetylated mannosyl units, but not galactosyl substituted mannosyl units from the substrate. The endoglucanase Cel7B and beta-mannanase Man5A from Trichoderma reesei have the ability to catalyze the cleavage of O-acetyl-GGM.

Characterization methods were studied to determine the substitution pattern of ethyl(hydroxyethyl)cellulose (EHEC) by means of enzymatic degradation and chromatographic methods. The action of Cel7B and Cel12A from T. reesei on EHEC was found to be limited due to the high degree of substitution.


  • Jon Lundqvist
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Biological Sciences


  • size exclusion chromatography, beta-mannosidase, beta-mannanase, endoglucanase, ethyl(hydoxyethyl)cellulose, metabolism, Biokemi, Biochemistry, Metabolism, microwave irradiation, O-acetyl-galactoglucomannan, isolation
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date2002 May 22
  • Henrik Stålbrand, dep. Biochemistry Lund University
Print ISBNs91-628-5204-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2002-05-22 Time: 10:15 Place: Lecture Hall B Chemistry center External reviewer(s) Name: Puls, Jurgen Title: Prof Affiliation: [unknown] --- Article: I. Hydrolytic properties of a beta-mannosidase purified from Aspergillus niger.Pia Ademark, Jon Lundqvist, Per Hägglund, Maija Tenkanen, Nelson Torto, Folke Tjerneld and Henrik StålbrandJournal of Biotechnology (1999) 75: 281-289 Article: II. Isolation and characterization of galactoglucomannan from spruce (Picea abies).Jon Lundqvist, Anita Teleman, Linda Junel, Guido Zacchi, Olof Dahlman, Folke Tjerneld and Henrik StålbrandCarbohydrate Polymers (2002) 48 (1): 29-39 Article: III. Characterization of water-soluble hemicelluloses from spruce and aspen employing SEC/MALDI mass spectroscopy.Anna Jacobs, Jon Lundqvist, Henrik Stålbrand, Folke Tjerneld and Olof DahlmanCarbohydrate Research (2002), 377: 711-717 Article: IV. Characterization of galactoglucomannan extracted from spruce (Picea abies) by heat fractionation at different conditionsJon Lundqvist, Anna Jacobs, Magnus Palm, Guido Zacchi, Olof Dahlman and Henrik StålbrandCarbohydrate Polymers (2002), accepted Article: V. Degradation of Glucomannan and O-acetyl-galactoglucomannan by mannoside- and glucoside-hydrolasesJon Lundqvist, Per Hägglund, Torny Eriksson, Per Persson,Dominik Stoll, Matti Siika-aho, Lo Gorton and Henrik StålbrandManuscript (2002) Article: VI. Initial characterization of ethyl(hydroxyethyl) cellulose using enzymic degradation and chromatographic methodsSara Richardson, Jon Lundqvist, Bengt Wittgren, Folke Tjerneld and Lo GortonBiomacromolecules (2002), submitted