Effects of carbon and nitrogen sources on Pleurotus ostreatus ligninolytic enzyme activity

Nona Mikiashvili, Solomon P. Wasser, Eviatar Nevo, Vladimir Elisashvili

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The effect of various carbon and nitrogen sources on laccase, manganese-dependent peroxidase (MnP), and peroxidase production by two strains of Pleurotus ostreatus was investigated. The maximal laccase yield of P. ostreatus 98 and P. ostreatus 108 varied depending upon the carbon source from 5 to 62 U l-1 and from 55 to 390 U l-1, respectively. The highest MnP and peroxidase activities were revealed in medium supplemented by xylan. Laccase, MnP, and peroxidase activities of mushrooms decreased with supplementation of defined medium by inorganic nitrogen sources. Peptone followed by casein hydrolysate appeared to be the best nitrogen sources for laccase accumulation by both fungi. However, their positive effects on enzyme accumulation were due to a higher biomass production. The secretion of MnP and peroxidase by P. ostreatus 108 was stimulated with supplementation of casein hydrolysate to the control medium since the specific MnP and peroxidase activities increased 15-fold and 3.5-fold, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1002
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Carbon and nitrogen sources
  • Laccase
  • Manganese peroxidase
  • Peroxidase
  • Pleurotus ostreatus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Physiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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