Practical use of immobilized lysozyme for the remediation process of Escherichia coli in aqueous solution
Gardenny R. Pimenta
Regine H.S.F. Vieira
Izabel F. Guedes
Financial support: This project was financed by a grant from FUNCAP, FAPESP and CNPq.
Keywords: Escherichia coli, lysozyme, self-assembly.
lysozyme enzyme was immobilized on vitreous surface (fragments with
diameters of 0.3 and
The constant expansion of different human activities carries into the water certain types of microorganisms that can be incorporated in our alimentary chain. Therefore, mankind should be concerned for microbiologic decontamination standards and looking for actions that be able to limit additional risks to the public health: the chronic effects of contamination of the environment.
The conventional treatments used, nowadays, not eliminate totally the micro contaminants of biological origin. This fact demands that water sources be free from microorganisms or if this is impossible, more appropriate methods of treatment should be applied.
The polymeric films have been classified and proved to be applicable to eliminate, from several origins, contaminated particles from water. Weber-Shirk and Dick (1997) have reported the considerable efficiency in the removal of bacteria, such as, Escherichia coli, protozoans and the poliovirus in water by filtration into hydrophilic membranes and superficial films of polymeric structures. Ruggaber and Talley (2006) highlighted the great potential of the enzymatic films for remediation of polluted environments. The advantage of polymeric films are mechanic resistance, the control of thickness and growth rate (Liapis et al. 1989; Marino et al. 2003; Lavigne et al. 2004; Conte et al. 2006; Ruggaber and Talley, 2006).
The fundamental requirement for biological film fixation is that when in solution, the molecules show regions with defined superficial charges for electrostatic interaction. On the whole, the self-assembly technique is very simple due to the proper procedures, equipments and raw materials used in its preparation. The organic layers are obtained by successive immersions in aqueous solutions followed by drying process of these deposited layers. The final properties and the structure of the self-assembly films depend on the experimental parameters (solvents, concentrations, ionic strength, pH etc.), which can affect the final permeability of the membrane (Borato et al. 1997; Knight et al. 2000; Shing-Yi et al. 2000; Miano et al. 2005; Pechkova et al. 2005).
There are different supports for enzymatic immobilization, for example, chitosan and alumina (Sobral et al. 2003). Indubitable, the largest advantage of the use of enzymatic film is that the method used has high capacity to process required chemical reactions.
lysozyme film has called researches’ attention in last years on account
of the enzymatic activity being useful in the attack on many bacteria,
with the breaking of mucopolysaccharides structure of the cell wall
(Masschalck et al. 2001; Datta et al.
1973; Park et al. 2004). Moreover, the lysozyme
has an important characteristic, when crystallized, it supports temperatures
The lysozyme film acts directly on gram positive bacteria and there is the possibility of interaction with phospholipids of external membrane of gram negative bacteria. It checks the enzyme, thus functions as a protection together with large amounts of biological fluids where the same is found (Masschalck et al. 2001; Min et al. 2005). The specific function of enzyme is represented by a deep opening inside the molecule. Inside this enzyme, the residues Glu-35 and Asp-52 are responsible for the hydrolysis of the glycosidic connection. It is believed that the Glu-35 has an acelylic link to the substrate, while the negative charge of the Asp-52 stabilizes the result of the ion cation (Datta et al. 1973; Dehong and Lu, 2004).
This work had the objective to evaluate the practical use of the immobilized lysozyme enzyme on vitreous surface for remediation process of pathogenic microorganism Escherichia coli JM 109 found in fresh water and saline solution.
The lysozyme film was prepared using the self-assembly technique, which is based on spontaneous irreversible adsorption of the protein. The deposition of the enzyme occurs though covalent chemical bonding between the substrate and the absorbent (Dickerson and Geis, 1993).
substrate (fragments of glass of 0.3 and
same surface was submitted to solution of H2O/H2O2
(Merck) in proportions of (5:1:1,
v/v) at temperature of
The lysozyme aqueous solution from hen egg-white lysozyme (Sigma Chemical, 99%, 47,000 unit mg-1, in the lyophilic form) was prepared in concentration of 10-4 mol L-1 and pH 6.4 under moderate agitation for 4 hrs.
The enzymatic film was immobilized by immersion of the vitreous surface into the lysozyme aqueous solution for 2 hrs under gentle agitation. They were dried under vacuumed at room temperature.
The atomic force microscope (TopoMetrix model TNX 2010) and the infrared spectrometer with Fourier analysis (BOMEM model DA8) coupled with MCT detector were utilized to confirm the presence of the film on the vitreous surface.
Escherichia coli JM 109 stump was isolated from Eosin Methylene
Blue Agar (Merck) and the growth
of the colony was made in Trypticase Soy Agar (Merck),
growth of the bacteria occurred in mixture EC Bouillon (Merck). The tubes remained in water bath at temperature
The column, in which the filtration was carried out, was constituted of two separable bodies and united by thread system. The superior part was formed by an acrylic tube of capacity of 50 mL whereas the inferior part was made of glass and had a tap.
The substrate of recycled glass with different sizes covered with lysozyme enzyme was packed inside filtration column. The Escherichia coli JM 109 solution was diluted in fresh water and salt water with solution of 0.9% NaCl (w/v) and added slowly into column.
The analysis of affluent (solution that drained off from the column) was performed by spectrophotometric measurements (Shimadzu model 1601PC) and the efficiency evaluation followed the Kawabata et al. (1996) relation:
Efficiency (%) = (PFUinf – PFUeff)/PFUinf x 100
Where PFUinf and PFUeff are the concentration of the specimens in the influent (solution added into column) and affluent suspension, respectively. The tests of bactericide activity were done in triplicate in order to have reliable results.
depositing the lysozyme film on vitreous surface (fragments with diameters
for values 0.3 and
Figure 1 illustrates the infrared spectrum ranging
between 400 to 2000 cm-1 for lysozyme film on vitreous
fragments with diameters of
Figure 2b is a graphic representation of a part of the covered surface with proteic film. It is noted that the vitreous surface is covered homogeneously by enzymatic film. The topographic analysis in micrometric scale not revealed difference between the two granulometries.
experiments showed promising results for bactericide activity of immobilized
lysozyme on vitreous substrates with diameters equal or inferior to
We also tested high concentration of microorganisms and dissolved salt in water to evaluate if in extreme conditions the enzymatic activity was remained. In comparative experiments prepared with fresh water and salt-water solutions, it was noticed that the enzyme maintains its bactericide activity for concentrated solutions with approximately 6,000 bacteria/cm3.
We used the spectrophotometric technique because this is one of the simplest ways to determine the density of a bacterial culture. In dense culture, the light is scattered, and less light reaches the phototube of the spectrophotometer. In fact, turbidity is more closely related to cell biomass (cell dry weight) than to the number of cells present. In dilute samples, absorbance is directly proportional to biomass.
In the presence of the immobilized lysozyme occurs the rupture cell of the bacteria. This fact is evidenced with a significant decrease in the optical density of wavelength 600 nm (visible spectrum). We verified that in the presence of lysozyme the optical density showed a progressive decrease of the turbidity, resultant from effect of the bactericide activity. Moreover, it was observed that this activity has shown reduction of the turbidness on the first 30 mL, confirming the process of lysis cell as presented in Figure 3. After sieving 30 mL of contaminated solution in column, it was noted decreases in remediation process, probably owing to the fact that the film is covered with bacterial fragments, thereby, hindering the effective action of the enzyme.
Figure 3 (curve a) indicates that the bactericide efficiency of lysozyme in fresh water was on average 60%, this results are near to 50% found for Assis and Claro (2003). On the other hand, in curve b, for the saline solution, the efficiency was on average 30%. It was observed that the activity of the immobilized enzyme is reduced because of the presence of ions (electrolytic solution of NaCl). According to Campbell and Dwek (1984), when ions are present, the lysozyme in solution undergoes a modification in its conformation. In this way, there is a great loss of the enzymatic activity.
influence of the glass particles with immobilized lysozyme in the
remediation efficiency, it was also tested on vitreous surface with
In this work, we demonstrated that the lysozyme efficiency in the remediation process depend on size substrate and other factors that can affect the enzyme and consequently the specific action sites, as was seen in saline medium.
enzymatic film grew on recycled glass fragments of
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