Laccase-Catalyzed Decolorization of Malachite Green: Performance Optimization and Degradation Mechanism


Malachite green (MG) was decolorized by laccase (LacA) of white-rot fungus Cerrena sp. with strong decolorizing ability. Decolorization conditions were optimized with response surface methodology. A highly significant quadratic model was developed to investigate MG decolorization with LacA, and the maximum MG decolorization ratio of 91.6% was predicted under the conditions of 2.8 U mL(-1) LacA, 109.9 mg L(-1) MG and decolorization for 172.4 min. Kinetic studies revealed the Km and kcat values of LacA toward MG were 781.9 mM and 9.5 s(-1), respectively. UV-visible spectra confirmed degradation of MG, and the degradation mechanism was explored with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis. Based on the LC-MS spectra of degradation products, LacA catalyzed MG degradation via two simultaneous pathways. In addition, the phytotoxicity of MG, in terms of inhibition on seed germination and seedling root elongation of Nicotiana tabacum and Lactuca sativa, was reduced after laccase treatment. These results suggest that laccase of Cerrena was effective in decolorizing MG and promising in bioremediation of wastewater in food and aquaculture industries.

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127714

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@inproceedings{Yang2015LaccaseCatalyzedDO, title={Laccase-Catalyzed Decolorization of Malachite Green: Performance Optimization and Degradation Mechanism}, author={Jie Yang and Xiaodan Yang and Yonghui Lin and Tzi Bun Ng and Juan Lin and Xiu-yun Ye and Kristiina Hild{\'e}n}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2015} }