International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 7 (2013) pp. 135-146
Microbial Esterases: An overview
Kulkarni Sayali1 , Patil Sadichha2 and Satpute Surekha1*
Department of Microbiology, Sinhgad College of Science, Ambegaon Bk, Pune-411041, Maharashtra, India *Corresponding author e-mail:
Esterases (EC 3.1.1.x.) are the enzymes of hydrolase class involved in catalysis of cleavage and formation of ester bonds. Esterases are involved in interesterification, intraesterification and transesterification reactions. Various strategies for screening and identification are employed for micro-organisms producing esterases. Different purification steps are followed for obtaining the maximum purity of esterase. The industrial applications of esterases provide an immense contribution to the ecofriendly approaches towards nature as also in the food, textile industries. Current review is focused on various aspects namely the screening process, purification protocols, for studying esterase enzyme. A highlight on its potential applications in diverse fields is also presented in the current review. We aim to provide a complete information on esterase enzyme to study in detail. It is important to note that, esterases are less explored enzymes having low literature survey as compared to lipases so the future scope of research is highly valuable
Esterase; Microbial Source; Purification; Potential industrial applications.s