Vincenza Calabrò

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The present work reviews the main advancements achieved in the last decades in the study of the fructose production process by inulin enzymatic hydrolysis. With the aim of collecting and clarifying the majority of the knowledge in this area, the research on this subject has been divided in three main parts: a) the characteristics of inulin (the process(More)
Three-dimensional models of exoinulinase from Bacillus stearothermophilus and endoinulinase from Aspergillus niger were built up by means of homology modeling. The crystal structure of exoinulinase from Aspergillus awamori was used as a template, which is the sole structure of inulinase resolved so far. Docking and molecular dynamics simulations were(More)
Anaerobic batch fermentations of ricotta cheese whey (i.e. containing lactose) were performed under different operating conditions. Ethanol concentrations of ca. 22g L(-1) were found from whey containing ca. 44g L(-1) lactose, which corresponded to up to 95% of the theoretical ethanol yield within 15h. The experimental data could be explained by means of a(More)
Adenoviruses are commonly used in vitro as gene transfer vectors in multiple applications. Nevertheless, issues such as low infection efficiency and toxicity effects on host cells have not been resolved yet. This work aims at developing a new versatile tool to enhance the expression of transduced genes while working at low viral doses in a sequential(More)
A central composite design (CCD) was performed to evaluate the effects of four factors, i.e. temperature (T), pH, agitation rate (K) and initial lactose concentration (L), on ricotta cheese whey batch fermentation and to optimize the process leading to the formation of bio-ethanol. Anaerobic batch fermentation experiments were carried out by using the yeast(More)
In the present paper a factor analysis is presented for the enzymatic transesterification of waste oil for biodiesel production. The experimental data on batch reactor evidence two key variables: enzyme loading and mixing conditions. These variables were subjected to a factor analysis and their combined effect on the reaction performance was determined.(More)
The present work is an experimental study of the performance of a recently designed immobilized enzyme: inulinase from Aspergillus sp. covalently immobilized on Sepabeads. The aim of the work is to test the new biocatalyst in conditions of industrial interest and to assess the feasibility of the process in a fluidized bed bioreactor (FBBR). The catalyst was(More)
Citrus × limon cv. Femminello Comune (Rutaceae) from Rocca Imperiale (Italy), one of the six Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Italian lemon crops, has been recently received renewed interest. In this work, fresh and dried peels and leaves were extracted by hydrodistillation, supercritical fluid extraction (SFE), and Soxhlet apparatus. Chemical(More)
In this paper, the reaction of enzymatic trans-esterification of glycerides with ethanol in a reaction medium containing hexane at a temperature of 37 degrees C has been studied. The enzyme was Lipase from Mucor miehei, immobilized on ionic exchange resin, aimed at achieving high catalytic specific surface and recovering, regenerating and reusing the(More)