In this study, immobilized bacteria (IMB) microsphere was prepared by embedding κ-carrageenase-producing Thalassospira sp. Fjfst-332 (TF332) onto a magnetic Fe3O4-chitosan carrier. The performance of Fe3O4-chitosan carrier was optimized by comparing its bacteria immobilization capacity at different Fe3O4:chitosan ratios and temperatures, while the functions of IMB microspheres were characterized by examining their κ-carrageenase production at different temperatures, pH's, and reuse cycles. At the 1:1 (w:w) Fe3O4:chitosan ratio, the Fe3O4-chitosan carriers possessed sufficient anchoring capacity for bacterial immobilization without significant compromise of their magnetism for magnetic separation of IMB from culture media. The spectroscopic analysis of IMB microspheres indicated that the immobilization of TF332 might affect the amide groups in chitosan. Compared to free bacteria, IMB can produce κ-carrageenase at higher temperature, wider pH range, and faster rate. More importantly, the κ-carrageenase-producing activity was sustained for at least seven reuse cycles. The major κ-carrageenan degradation products of IMB-derived κ-carrageenase were the oligosaccharides containing two to six monosaccharide units. Overall, this Fe3O4-chitosan-TF-332 microsphere has the potential to become a stable and reusable platform for large-scale production of κ-carrageenan oligosaccharides.
- Thalassospira sp. Fjfst-332
- immobilized bacteria
- magnetic FeO-carriers
- κ-carrageenan oligosaccharide