Cutinase and pectinase in cotton bioscouring: an innovative and fast bioscouring process

Pramod Agrawal, Vincent Nierstrasz, G.H. Bouwhuis, G.H. Bouwhuis, Marinus Warmoeskerken

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    This manuscript describes the potential of a cutinase from the fungus Fusarium solani pisi for cotton wax degradation in order to design an efficient low temperature scouring process. The main characteristics, relevant to cotton wax removal with F. solani pisi cutinase are given. The additive effect of cutinase on pectinase was investigated and optimum incubation conditions were determined. Compatibility of cutinase with surfactants, essential for the rapid migration of enzymes into the fabric, is explored. A clear strategy is presented to achieve a rapid enzymatic cotton scouring process. Wax removal with cutinase reduces pectinase incubation time and increases the hydrolytic rate of pectinase. Cutinase appears to be effective in the degradation of cotton waxes at low-temperature, allowing the design and introduction of a competitive innovative enzymatic scouring process.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)412-421
    Number of pages9
    JournalBiocatalysis and biotransformation
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • METIS-251545
    • IR-72329

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