Occurrence, properties, and applications of feruloyl esterases

Takuya Koseki, Shinya Fushinobu, Ardiansyah, Hitoshi Shirakawa, Michio Komai

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Feruloyl esterases hydrolyze the ester linkages of ferulic and diferulic acids present in plant cell walls. This interesting group of enzymes also has a potentially broad range of applications in the pharmaceutical and agri-food industries. An overview of the current knowledge of fungal feruloyl esterases focusing on the diverse of substrate specificity and potential applications is presented in this review. Furthermore, biological functions of ferulic acid are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-810
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct


  • Applications
  • Diversity
  • Ferulic acid
  • Feruloyl esterases
  • Fungi
  • Substrate specificity


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