Abul H. J. Ullah

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Extracellular phytase from Aspergillus ficuum, a glycoprotein, was purified to homogeneity in 3 column chromatographic steps using ion exchange and chromatofocusing. Results of gel filtration chromatography and SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis indicated the approximate molecular weight of the native protein to be 85-100-KDa. On the basis of a(More)
This minireview on phytases’ classification is dedicated to honor Professor I.C. Gunsalus, a great mentor to one of us. Several of the research findings from our laboratory had reached his office in the form of manuscripts as editor of Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications. Professor Gunsalus supported our work by encouraging us to publish in a(More)
Since its discovery in 1907, a complex of technological developments has created a potential $500 million market for phytase as an animal feed additive. During the last 30 years, research has led to increased use of soybean meal and other plant material as protein sources in animal feed. One problem that had to be overcome was the presence of(More)
An acid phosphatase from crude culture filtrate of Aspergillus ficuum was purified to homogeneity using three ion exchange chromatographic steps. SDS-PAGE of the purified enzyme gave a single stained band at approximately 68-KDa. The mobility of the native enzyme in gel filtration chromatography, however, indicated that the molecular mass to be about(More)
Soybean phytase (myo-inositol-hexakisphosphate phosphohydrolase; EC was purified from 10-day-old germinating cotyledons using a four-step purification scheme. Phytase was separable from the major acid phosphatase present, and stained as a minor band of the three acid phosphatases detectable by activity staining after gel electrophoresis. The(More)
Phytases are phosphohydrolytic enzymes that initiate stepwise removal of phosphate from phytate. Simple-stomached species such as swine, poultry, and fish require extrinsic phytase to digest phytate, the major form of phosphorus in plant-based feeds. Consequently, this enzyme is supplemented in these species' diets to decrease their phosphorus excretion,(More)
Environmental pollution by phosphorus from animal waste is a major problem in agriculture because simple-stomached animals, such as swine, poultry, and fish, cannot digest phosphorus (as phytate) present in plant feeds. To alleviate this problem, a phytase from Aspergillus niger PhyA is widely used as a feed additive to hydrolyze phytate-phosphorus.(More)
The gene for Aspergillus fumigatus phytase (phyA) was cloned and expressed in Pichia pastoris. The enzyme expressed was purified to near homogeneity using sequential ion-exchange chromatography and was characterized biochemically. Although A. fumigatus phytase shows 66.2% sequence homology with A. ficuum phytase, the most widely studied enzyme, the cloned(More)
The phyA gene from Aspergillus ficuum coding for a 441-amino-acid full-length phytase was expressed in Nicotiana tabacum (tobacco) leaves. The expressed phytase was purified to homogeneity using ion-exchange column chromatography. The purified phytase was characterized biochemically and its kinetic parameters were determined. When the recombinant phytase(More)
Purified Aspergillus ficuum phytase's partial primary structure and amino acid and sugar composition were elucidated. Determination of kinetic parameters of the enzyme at different pH values and temperatures indicated no significant alteration of the Km for phytate while the Kcat was affected. The enzyme was able to release more than 51% of the total(More)