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BIO Web Conf.
Volume 28, 2020
The 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Engineering (BioMIC 2020)
Article Number 03005
Number of page(s) 4
Section Biomolecular and Biotechnology
Published online 17 December 2020

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1 Introduction

Productivity is the main term for reaching efficiency and sustainability on a major scale in industrial activities. Therefore, an action for maintaining productivity without decreasing its quality is needed for the product and its efficiency. The usage of the catalyst is popular in industrial application due to its roles for the chemical process [1]. Even so, the usage of any catalyst such as acid, base, or metal, may increase the environmental issues in terms of the high cost of waste management. An environmental-friendly catalyst may prevent these bad issues since it can be reused in easy waste management. One of these catalysts is a biocatalyst called enzyme [2]. As the major product of biotechnology, the enzyme has been widely used in industrial applications. The enzymatic process is involved in the mechanic or chemical process. An enzyme can be recommended catalyst in industrial scale since it provides some advantages, like conducting reaction by mild operation, containing specificity and selectivity, and minimalizing the environmental issues. Additionally, they can catalyze efficiently [3]. However, an enzyme is unstable in certain conditions. It cannot work in an extreme condition so it will be denatured. In other words, the use of the enzyme is not as wide as the other major catalyst [4]. Immobilization of enzyme can improve the stability in extreme conditions as the matrix succeeds in trapping enzyme. Additionally, an immobilized enzyme is reusable without decreasing its activity drastically. The decrease may be caused by the instability of the enzyme’s active site [5]. Immobilized lipase also gives a higher conversion of triglyceride to free fatty acid than free lipase [6,7].

Rice husk is one of the composite materials and natural biopolymers composed of lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose, and silicon dioxide [8]. Generally, rice husk ash is produced from the calcination process of rice husk. Rice husk ash can be used as an economical source for immobilizing enzymes. It is more efficient, renewable, and it contains 91.43 % of silicon dioxide (SiO2) [9]. The silica compound in the amorphous-formed has a small particle size and high surface area as it has a function for adsorption of a molecule. One of the amorphous silica is silica gel, which can be synthesized by sol-gel. Mostly, silica gel is used as a precursor due to its high thermal stability, inability to expand, inertness, and transparency. Silica sol-gel matrices can be used in the encapsulation of enzymes without changing its structure. The enzymes are stabilized by the silica matrices encapsulation, which creates the framework around the enzymes to prevent aggregation, dissociation, and degradation [10].

2 Materials and methods

2.1 Materials

The rice husk was taken from agricultural waste. The lipase powder was purchase from Sigma, palm oil, and all chemicals with pro analysis grade (Merck), i.e. sodium hydroxide (NaOH), sodium chloride (NaCl), potassium chloride (KCl), disodium hydrogen phosphate (Na2H2PO4), potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4), copper sulfate pentahydrate (CuSO4.5H2O), potassium sodium tartrate (KNaC4H4O6.4H2O), Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA), phenolphthalein indicator, hydrochlo-ride (HCl) 37 %, phosphoric acid (H3PO4) 85 %, ethanol, n-hexane, boron trifluoride (BF3) in methanol.

2.2 Methods

The method used in this study was in line with the previous research [11] which involved sol-gel process in the protein immobilization process.

2.2.1 Preparation of rice husk ash

Rice husk was rinsed then dried under the sunlight. After getting dried, the rice husk was heated until it changed into black charcoal. The heating had to be stopped when there was no more carbon monoxide gases. Charcoal was then calcined in the furnace (4 h, 700 °C) and crushed on the 200 mesh sieve. After that, 5 g of rice husk ash were washed with 1 M hydrochloride for an hour. The ash solution had to be filtrated, washed, and dried completely.

2.2.2 Preparation of sodium silicate

Sodium silicate (Na2SiO3) solution was synthesized by reacting 5 g of rice husk ash in 50 mL of 4 M sodium hydroxide (NaOH). It had to be boiled until changing into a viscous greyish black solution. Afterwards, it was poured on the porcelain evaporating dish and calcined under 700 °C for 1.5 h. Sodium silicate solid was crushed and diluted in 100 mL demineralized water for 24 h. The solution was filtrated. The filtrated one had yellowish brown colored with a pH of 13.

2.2.3 Immobilization of lipase in silica gel

Phosphate Buffer Solution (PBS) was prepared by dissolving of 8 g of NaCl, 0.2 g of KCl, 1.44 g of Na2HPO4, and 2.4 g of KH2PO4 diluted in 1 000 mL of distilled water. When the pH reached 6.8 to 7.0, it was ready to initiate the immobilization process. Free lipase (0.2 g) was added to PBS (1.02 mL) so the concentration was 0.2 g mL–1. The sol-gel process involved acidification by adding 0.1 M of phosphoric acid (H3PO4) into Na2SiO3-lipase solution. Acidification stopped when it reached the pH of 7. A hydrogel of the immobilized enzyme had to be stirred frequently until it changed to be xerogel (dried hydrogel).

There were six variations of immobilization enzyme, consisting of two different techniques. Those variations were the ratio of [lipase]:[silica gel], as if [lipase] was constant for all ratios. They were 1:1, 1:2, and 2:1 for technique I, and 1:1(II), 1:2(II), and 2:1(II) for technique II. So, there was total of six immobilized enzymes whose codes were E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, and E6 consecutively. The comparison of two different techniques can be shown in Table. 2.

2.2.4 Determination of immobilized lipase in silica gel

A biuret reagent was prepared by mixing 150 mg of copper sulfate pentahydrate (CuSO4.5H2O) and 150 mg of potassium sodium tartrate (KNaC4H4O6) with 50 mL of water in a 100 mL volumetric flask. After that, 30 mL of NaOH 10 % was added into the solution followed by adding water to the limit of 100 mL. A standard solution was prepared by dissolving 100 mg of BSA in a 10 mL volumetric flask followed by the addition of water to the limit of 10 mL, so the concentration of BSA standard solution was 10 mg mL–1. After that, 10 mg/mL BSA standard was diluted into 0.1; 0.25; 0.75; 1; 1.5; and 2 mg/mL. Each standard solution was added with 4 mL of biuret reagent then incubated for 10 min at room temperature. The determination of initial lipase could be done by dissolving 70 mg of lipase in 10 mL of PBS. The solution was mixed homogenously using a vortex. A blank solution was prepared by mixing 2.5 mL of H2O. Biuret reagent (4 mL) was added into each sample and blank solution, which was then incubated for 10 min at room temperature. The determination of immobilized lipase in silica gel was prepared by soaking the immobilized lipase in the PBS solution for an hour. The mixture was then separated by filtration. The soaking was done for four times in order to get four filtrates. From each filtrate 2.5 mL was taken, mixed with 4 mL of biuret reagent, and then incubated for 10 min. The absorbance of standard solutions and sample was measured at 540 nm by UV-Visible spectrophotometer.

2.2.5 Characterization of palm oil

Palm oil (0.25 mL) was poured into the reacting tube, followed by 0.75 mL boron trifluoride in methanol. The solution was stirred at 60 °C for 1.5 h followed by cooled and extracted in 1.75 mL n-hexane, and then analyzed by GCMS.

2.2.6 Activity assay for hydrolysis palm oil

Palm oil (0.5 g) and 10 μL of distilled water were added to 50 mL conical tube, and n-hexane was poured to the limit of 10 mL, followed by the addition of 0.15 g of free lipase. The solution was mixed using a shaker at room temperature for 2 h, then separated using centrifugation. The supernatant got the addition of 10 mL of ethanol and 3 drops of phenolphthalein indicator. The solution was titrated by 0.05 M NaOH. For the assay of immobilized lipase, the method was similar to above.

3 Results and discussion

3.1 GCMS analysis

For the activity assay of an enzyme, the molecular weight of palm oil had to be calculated. Based on GCMS analysis, palm oil contains myristic, palmitic, linolelaidic, oleic, and stearic alkyl. The molecular weight of palm oil can be calculated as the equation below. Using equation (1) and (2), the molecular weight of palm oil was 849.177 g mol–1. (1) (2)

Table 1

Composition of methyl ester compound in palm oil

3.2 Immobilization lipase in silica gel

Certainly, there were differences among 6 immobilized enzymes. Even so, all of them had similar physical appearance, which was a yellowish-white powder. Their parameters can be shown in the table below.

Technique I had H2O in a sol-gel process, while technique II did not. H2O was used to decelerate gelation to add enzyme before hydrogel was formed. Technique II did not use H2O since the enzyme was poured directly to Na2SiO3, so that enzyme had reached base condition because it had 13 of pH. This will be the major difference between the techniques. It can be concluded that technique I had maintained the neutral pH during the immobilization process, while technique II did not.

Table 2

Parameter of immobilization enzyme

3.3 Determination of immobilized enzyme in silica gel

A biuret method is one of the efficient protein assay methods done based on the complexation between Cu2+ and protein's peptide bond. The formation of [Cu2+-protein] complex requires two peptide bonds and later forms a chelate compound with purple-colored. Its compound can be measured at a wavelength of 540 nm. A standard curve will give information about the absorbance of BSA standard which has a linear equation for calculating contained-protein [12].

The research said that the soaking of an immobilized enzyme in the buffer solution caused a dissolving of an enzyme that could not be trapped by support [13]. Based on the Table 3, the percentage of immobilized lipase had slightly decreased after being soaked 3 times, indicating that the silica gel had completely trapped an enzyme.

Table 3

Percentage of immobilized enzyme by soaking effect

3.4 FTIR analysis

The immobilized enzyme was characterized at 350 to 4 000 cm–1. Silica gel without enzyme had to be blank as a comparison. The immobilized enzyme showed a broad peak of 3 425.58 cm–1 indicating the existence of hydroxyl group (-OH). Normally, the hydroxyl group is indicated at 3 500 cm–1. This highlighted an interaction between electropositive and hydroxyl groups, which was from the silanol group (Si-OH). Si-OH showed a sharp peak at 2 854.65 and 2 916.37 cm–1. There also was a sharp peak at 864.11, 1 072.42, and 1 157.29 cm–1 indicating Si-O-Si vibration [14]. Immobilized lipase in silica gel had stronger interaction between siloxane and silanol group than silica gel blank, so the peak was sharper since the immobilized one had reacted with lipase. Compared to silica gel blank, there was no indication of C=N and C=O (1797.66 cm–1) which are the protein groups [15].

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FTIR Spectra of Silica Gel (a), Immobilized Enzyme 1:1 (b), 1:2 (c), and 2:1 (d).

3.5 Activity assay

3.5.1 Hydrolysis of palm oil

This assay was the first hydrolysis of palm oil. The result was shown at Figure 2. The samples consisted of two blanks, a free enzyme (E0) and six immobilized enzymes (E1-E6). Two blanks were blank 1 (B1: without enzyme) and blank 2 (B2: silica gel without enzyme). The other six were immobilized enzymes with the variations having mentioned before. Hydrolysis of oil can be shown from how much percentage of free fatty acid (FFA) was hydrolyzed, as the table below. It is shown that the immobilized enzyme had a percentage of FFA making it lower than the free enzyme since the silica gel had covered the enzyme’s active site. Assumed that silica gel (B2) had no activity for hydrolyzing triglycerides as the enzyme had. From all 6 immobilized enzymes, E2 had a higher ability for hydrolyzing triglyceride into FFA. In other words, E2 had the best ratio for creating an immobilized enzyme in silica gel.

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Percentage of FFA hydrolyzed

3.5.2 Reusability

Based on the result was shown at Figure 3, E2 had lower percentage of FFA than E5 during the first hydrolysis. It was constant until the 3rd cycle. Meanwhile, E5 had decreased until the 3rd cycle.

Both of them had fluctuative percentage of FFA when reaching the 4th cycle. When it reached the 7th cycle, both of them had drastically decreased. Even so, both immobilized enzyme with different techniques were reusable until the 6th cycle.

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Percentage of FFA after reused


Immobilized lipase had the activity to hydrolyze palm oil as what the free lipase had, but it was less than free lipase and would decrease due to the continuous reuse. Compared to the free lipase, the immobilized lipase had the reusability until the 6th cycle. This reusability of immobilized lipase may become its advantages as free lipase did not have one. The percentage of immobilized lipase in silica gel was 67.71 %, then decreased into 57.27 % after being soaked for three times.

This research study was funded by the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia (Ristekdikti – Indonesia) through the PDUPT Grant (2770/UN1.DITLIT/DIT-LIT/PT/ 2020).


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All Tables

Table 1

Composition of methyl ester compound in palm oil

Table 2

Parameter of immobilization enzyme

Table 3

Percentage of immobilized enzyme by soaking effect

All Figures

thumbnail Fig. 1

FTIR Spectra of Silica Gel (a), Immobilized Enzyme 1:1 (b), 1:2 (c), and 2:1 (d).

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 2

Percentage of FFA hydrolyzed

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 3

Percentage of FFA after reused

In the text

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