Microbial alginate production, modification and its applications.
Bottom Line: Alginate is an important polysaccharide used widely in the food, textile, printing and pharmaceutical industries for its viscosifying, and gelling properties.All commercially produced alginates are isolated from farmed brown seaweeds.Here, we will discuss alginates produced by bacteria; the molecular mechanisms involved in their biosynthesis; and the potential to utilize these bacterially produced or modified alginates for high-value applications where defined material properties are required.
Affiliation: Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand.Show MeSH
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Mentions: While the nascent alginate chain is transported across the periplasmic space, it can be modified by O-acetylation and epimerization. Although the order of modification remains unknown, it is conceivable that O-acetylation precedes epimerization, as O-acetylation blocks subsequent epimerization or cleavage (Fig. 3). Although neither O-acetylation nor epimerization are essential for alginate production, they can significantly alter the material properties of the resulting alginate (Donati and Paoletti, 2009). The O-acetylation of alginate is unique to bacterial alginates and significantly increased the water holding capacity of alginate; it is required for efficient biofilm development by Pseudomonads as well as protecting the organism from immune responses (Nivens et al., 2001; Pier et al., 2001).
Affiliation: Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand.