Raw galacto-oligosaccharide purification by consecutive lactose hydrolysis and selective bioconversion

Luciana Santibáñez, Cecilia Guerrero, Andrés Illanes

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Galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) yields obtained by enzymatic transgalactosylation with β-galactosidases are rather low, so purification of the raw GOS is a major issue. In the quest for improving GOS purification, an additional step of lactose hydrolysis is proposed, using immobilised β-galactosidase and permeabilised cells expressing β-galactosidase activity as biocatalysts. To select the best operational conditions for lactose hydrolysis in raw GOS employing both biocatalysts different enzyme:substrate (lactose) mass ratios were evaluated. Bioconversion of the lactose-hydrolysed raw GOS obtained with the two biocatalyst forms were compared, and biocatalyst reuse was evaluated. Lactose hydrolysis of raw GOS allowed the removal of around 70% of the lactose content and increased the relative GOS content by 20%. Incorporation of the lactose hydrolysis step led to a purity and recovery of GOS of 96–97% and 92–96%, respectively, depending on the biocatalyst used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-100
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Dairy Journal
StatePublished - Dec 2017


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