An important component of the pectinase enzyme complex is pectin lyase (polymethylgalacturonate lyase; EC In this study, extracellular pectin lyase enzyme was produced from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria. Pectin lyase was then purified using three-phase precipitation (TPP) technique with 25.5% yield. The pectin lyase was immobilized covalently via the L-glutaraldehyde spacer to the carboxymethyl cellulose. The immobilized pectin lyase was magnetized using Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Purified pectin lyase was connected to magnetized support material after 90 min at the rate of 80%. The most appropriate immobilization conditions were determined as pH 8 and 30°C. By characterizing the free and immobilized enzyme, KM, Vmax, and optimum pH and optimum temperature values were determined. It was optimum pH 8 and temperature 50°C for both free and immobilized pectin lyase. The structural characterization of the immobilized pectin lyase modified with Fe3O4 nanoparticles was carried out by SEM, FT-IR, and XRD chromatographic analyses. At the end of the study, free and immobilized enzymes were used for purification of some fruit juices and results were compared.

1. Introduction

Pectinases are produced by a large number of organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and yeasts. They are involved in the breakdown of complex and long structural polysaccharides known as pectin [1]. Pectinases are classified into three types as pectin esterase, hydrolases (polygalacturonases and polymethylgalacturonases) and lyase (polygalacturonate lyase and polymethylgalacturonate lyase) according to their mode of action [1, 2]. Pectin esterase catalyzes deesterification by removing the methoxyl group of pectin. While polygalacturonases catalyze the polygalacturonic acid chain hydrolytically, lyases perform nonhydrolytic cleavage of pectates or pectinates. As product in these reactions, pectic acid and methanol (by catalysis of esterases), oligo methyl-galacturonate (by catalysis of hydrolases), and unsaturated methyl oligo-galacturonates (by lyases catalysis) are mostly produced [2]. Only pectin lyase (PNL) break down highly methylated and unesterified pectin through the elimination mechanism without the production of methanol, and this is very important for pectin lyase. Methanol is a nondesirable product, especially in the paper, food, and textile industries due to its toxicity and unpleasant taste. So, pectin lyase generally is preferred in the food industry [3]. In addition, thanks to this important role of PNL enzymes in the plant tissues, they are used effectively in the processing of the textile industry, in paper making, in the treatment of waste water, and especially in the processing of products such as fruit juice, vinegar, and wine. In particular, the desire to use environmentally friendly enzymes in the industry further increases the importance of this ecofriendly enzyme [2]. It has been reported that most of the pectin lyases studied so far have been obtained from microorganisms and have insufficient presence in plants and animals. Microbial pectinases have accounted for 25% of the global food and industrial enzyme [3]. Although some chromatography techniques such as CM-Cellulose, Sephadex G-100 column chromatographies, and DEAE-Sepharose ion exchange are used for purification of enzymes [4]; the triple phase separation method has been preferred more in recent years. In this preference, it is effective that other methods take longer and cause depolymerization [57].

Processed fruit-based drinks, juices, and wines are blurry. This turbidity is caused by the suspension of polysaccharide particles (pectin, cellulose, hemicellulose, starch, and lignin) originating from the primary and internal cell walls [8]. Pectinases are responsible for the breakdown of the structural polysaccharides of fruit pulp [9] and the addition of pectinases to the juice reduces its viscosity, disintegrating the jelly structure, and increasing the fruit juice yields [9].

Immobilized enzymes are used to optimum performances because they have more advantages than free enzymes [10]. In some research, immobilized enzymes for the clarification of orange, apple, pineapple, grape, and carrot juices were utilized [9]. In enzyme technology, enzyme immobilization has been made lately using different support materials. Support materials are very important as they protect the structure and activities of enzymes against difficult reaction conditions [10, 11]. Immobilization has been performed to protect the activities of enzymes for a long time and to use them repeatedly [11]. In recent years, natural source polymers have been used as support materials for the immobilization of enzymes. In general, natural polymers are preferred as support materials due to their biocompatibility, high affinity for proteins, biodegradability to harmless products, and nontoxic properties [12]. Materials such as chitin-chitosan [13, 14], alginate [5, 15, 16], collagen, cellulose, and agarose [1719] are mostly preferred as immobilization support biopolymers. Hydroxyl, amine, and carbonyl groups of large biopolymers such as cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and pectin provide rapid interaction with enzymes [20]. As the renewability and availability of cellulosic materials are easy, the immobilization costs are much lower [21]. In general, natural cellulosic polymers are preferred as support materials since they are biocompatible and nontoxic [22, 23]. The cellulosic polysaccharide structure of the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is thought to be a potential candidate for immobilization of the pectin lyase enzyme such as other cellulosic supports [24, 25]. Therefore, for this study, carboxymethyl cellulose, which is nontoxic and easily accessible, has been selected as a support material.

The aim of this study is to purify and characterize the pectin lyase enzyme obtained extracellularly from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria, which is purified from parsley leaves and diagnosed using the 16SRNA technique, and covalently immobilized on CMC surface magnetized with Fe3O4 NPs. In the last stage of the study, it was aimed to investigate the use of immobilized PNL enzyme in the clarification of some fruit juices.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Bacterial Isolation

In this study, microorganism was isolated from parsley obtained from Erzurum local markets. A sample was prepared from the parsley sample at 10 μg/mL concentration under aseptic condition. Subsequently, serial dilutions from 10−1 to 10−8 CFU/mL were prepared using physiological serum. Foods from each dilution were spread onto agar medium and then incubated at 34°C for 48 hours. After incubation, nutrient agar medium was drawn from typical colonies developed and drawing was made by drawing 3 phases. This was continued until pure colonies were obtained. The purified colony was then transferred to nutrient broth containing 20% glycerol solution. It was then stored as a stock culture at −80°C.

2.2. Identification Tests

In this study, among general identification tests, Gram staining and catalase tests were performed on isolated microorganism. According to the results of microbiological analysis, it was found to be Gram positive and catalase positive.

2.3. Identification of Microorganism

After isolating microorganisms from parsley, pure cultures obtained at species level were identified. For this purpose, after DNA isolation from pure culture was done, identification was made by means of the sequence analysis of intergenic spacer regions (ISR) of genes 16S rRNA and 16S-23S rRNA, which is considered as the most reliable method in microbial identification [26].

2.4. Genotype Characterization of Bacteria

For the sequence analysis of the 16 S rRNA genes, universal primers LPW57 (5 W-AGTTTGATCCTGGCTCAG-3′) and LPW205 (5′-CTTGTTACGACTTCACCC-3 T) [27] were used. In the amplification of the ISR region, 16-1A (GTCGGAATCGCTAGTAATCG) and 23-1B (GGGTTCCCCCATTCGGA) [28] universal primers were used. Sequence analysis was made by Medsantek (Istanbul, Turkey) company. The results of complete sequence analysis of 16S rRNA and 16S-23S rRNA intergenic spacer region (ISR) were compared with those of other bacterial sequences in GenBank (http://blast.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast.cgi). Similarity ratio was determined [26]. According to this ratio, it was found that the purified isolate was 99% similar to the Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria.

2.5. PNL Enzyme Production with Solid Culture Fermentation

PNL enzyme from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria produced in solid culture medium was purified and characterized by three-phase precipitation (TPP) technique [6]. For this purpose, first, n-butanol concentration optimization was done to purify the PNL enzyme and then concentration optimization of ammonium sulfate. Briefly, the amount of ammonium sulfate in the reaction medium was kept constant and different n-butanol ratios (1 : 0.5, 1.0 : 1.0, 1.0 : 1.5, and 1.0 : 2.0) precipitation was performed in three phases. Next, the precipitate middle phase was dissolved in 1 mL of 0.05 M phosphate buffer (pH 8.0) and dialyzed against the same buffer during 3 hours.

2.6. Purification of PNL from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus Using the TPP Method

PNL enzyme, which was produced extracellularly from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacterium, was purified by triple phase separation (TPP) method [6, 7]. For the optimization of ammonium sulfate, PNL was precipitated by adding different ammonium sulfate ratios (20%, 40%, 60%, and 80% ammonium sulfate) to the homogenate medium at the optimum n-butanol ratio (1.0 : 0.5%). Then, the percentages were determined according to the optimum amount of n-butanol and ammonium sulfate. Purification of PNL enzyme was carried out according to the parameters obtained. PNL enzyme activity was determined by measuring the obtained color change intensity [29].

2.7. PNL Activity Assay

Pectin lyase activity was determined by using thiobarbituric acid (TBA) method, as described by Nedjma [29]. A suitably diluted enzyme solution (250 μL) was incubated in the presence of 250 μL of substrate (1.5% (w/v) pectin (DE 93%)/0.05 M phosphate, pH: 8) for the duration 10 minutes. NaOH (1 N, 0.05 mL) was added to 0.5 mL of the sample. The mixture was shaken briefly. The solution was heated at 80°C in a water bath for 5 min and cooled. After the addition of 0.6 mL of HCl (1 N) to acidify the medium, the solution was then shaken and 0.5 mL of 0.04 M thiobarbituric acid (in aqueous solution) was added. The tube was then heated at 80°C for 5 min in a water bath. The optical density of the resulting colored derivative was measured at 550 nm using BioTek’s EpochTM Multi-Volume Spectrophotometer (BioTek Instruments, Winooski, VT, USA) [29]. The blank sample was prepared using phosphate buffer instead of enzymes. The one unit of activity (1 EU) was defined as the amount of enzyme converting 1 μmol substrate into product in 1 minute at 25°C under standard conditions. All experiments were repeated three times.

2.8. Enzyme Immobilization

The enzyme was covalently immobilized to the cellulosic structures of carboxymethyl cellulose support material via the L-glutaraldehyde spacer (Figure 1). For this purpose, first, 1 g carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) was mixed in distilled water and filtered. The solid material was stirred with 1 N NaOH for 1 hour (at 350 rpm) and then washed with distilled water until the support material was neutralized. Magnetic CMC was prepared by treating CMC molecule with Fe3O4 NPs. For this purpose, 0.10 g of Fe3O4 NPs were completely dispersed in CMC solution under ultrasonic vibration for 30 minutes [30] and then unbound Fe3O4 NPs were washed away with distilled water. Thus, CMC was made magnetic by being modified with Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Magnetic CMC NPs were treated with 5% L-glutaraldehyde solution for 4 hours. It was then washed with hexane, ethyl alcohol, and distilled water in vacuum to remove nonbinding glutaraldehyde, respectively. The PNL enzyme (30 EU/mL) was then covalently bound to 1 g magnetic CMC nanoparticles using an ultrasonic bath [30]. The amount of protein was monitored during the reaction using the Bradford method, and the amount of PNL enzyme bound was determined against the reaction time [31].

2.9. Protein Determination

Protein concentration of samples was determined spectrophotometrically by using the Bradford method [31]. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was used as a standard.

2.10. Determination of Optimum Conditions for Immobilization of Purified PNL Enzyme onto Modified CMC with Fe3O4 NPs

To find the pH value with the highest immobilization rate, covalent immobilization of the PNL enzyme to the magnetic CMC surface was performed at different pHs ranging from pH: 2.0 to 8.0. Also, in order to find the highest rate of immobilization occurring in which temperatures, immobilization was carried out at 10, 15, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80°C in previously determined pH.

The pectin lyase binding efficiency (E) is defined as follows:

C1 and Co are the amounts of pectin lyase protein in the solution before and after immobilized, respectively.

The activity amount of the immobilized pectin lyase was calculated as follows:

A is the activity of the immobilized pectin lyase and A1 and Ao are the activities of the free pectin lyase in solution before and after immobilization, respectively.

2.11. Determination of the Optimum pH and Stable pH

The effect of pH on the activity and stability of free pectin lyase and immobilized pectin lyase was identified. The optimum pH of the PNL was determined at a fixed assay temperature of 50°C at various pH values between pH 4 and 11, using different buffers. Buffers used were 20 mM sodium acetate (pH 4.0-5.0), 20 mM sodium phosphate (pH 6.0-7.0), 20 mM Tris-HCl (pH 8.0-9.0), and 20 mM sodium carbonate buffer (pH 10.0-11.0). pH stability was tested by activity monitoring by incubating at 4°C in the above-mentioned buffer solutions at different pHs at a concentration of 20 mM during 1 week.

2.12. Determination of Optimum and Stable Temperature Values

PNL activity measurements were performed at 10–90°C to determine the temperature at which the enzyme showed optimal activity. Water bath was used for activity measurements at different temperatures. The optimum temperature of the enzymes was determined by the results obtained. To determine the stable temperature of the enzyme; efficacy measurements were made at a temperature range of 10–90°C. For each temperature test was created reaction environments and measurements were performed every 15 minutes for 2 hours. The blank sample was prepared by replacing the enzyme with distilled water and all kinetic measurements were read spectrophotometrically against the blank sample [32].

2.13. Characterization of Free and Immobilized Enzymes

Vmax and KM were determined for the pectin substrate of both free and immobilized pectin lyase enzymes. By using different substrates (pectin, locust bean gum, and chitin), PNL activity measurements in the concentrations range of 0.25 to 1.5 mM were made and Lineweaver–Burk plots were plotted. Then, maximum reaction rate (Vmax) and Michaelis–Menten constant (KM) values were determined.

2.14. Application of Immobilized Enzyme in Fruit Juice Clarity

The effects of free and immobilized pectin lyase enzymes on the clarity and disintegration of grape (black), apple (red), and plum (black) juices were investigated. The fruits were homogenized with a blender. The purees were then diluted 1/1 with distilled water in the beakers and 2 mL of enzyme and homogenate were added to each group separately. Control, free and immobilized enzyme addition groups were formed. The sample prepared by adding 2 mL of pure water to 10 grams of fruit puree was used as control. The beakers were incubated for 5 hours with stirring in a 50°C water bath. After cooling the purees, the juices were obtained by vacuum filtration through filter paper. After the juice was removed, the remaining fruit extract was dried at 105°C until constant weighing.

2.15. Structural Characterization of Support Material

Structural and morphological properties of free and immobilized pectin lyase magnetized by modifying with Fe3O4 NPs were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) (JEOL (JSM) 6400), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis (Rigaku-Miniflex X-ray diffraction system), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) (Mattson 1000 FTIR spectrophotometer) techniques.

2.16. Statistical Analysis

Data are presented as the mean ± standard deviation of each treatment. Data were analyzed for statistical significance using analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by the Tukey test () (IBM SPSS Statistics 20, USA).

3. Results and Discussion

The pectin lyase enzyme was produced extracellularly from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria and immobilized with high efficiency by using CMC which has antioxidant, anticancer, antifungal, and antivirus properties [22].

3.1. Characterization of Purified Pectin Lyase from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus

Purification of the extracellularly produced pectin lyase enzyme from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus was carried out by a three-phase separation technique [6]. For this purpose, first, the n-butanol concentration was optimized and the maximum pectin lyase enzyme activity was determined according to the activity measurements at which 1 : 0.5 (extract: n-butanol) was obtained. Subsequently, at the optimum n-butanol concentration determined for purification of the PNL enzyme, the first ammonium sulfate precipitation was carried out between 20% and 80%. The highest PNL enzyme activity was obtained at 60%. The second ammonium sulfate precipitation was carried out at a concentration of 65–75% and the highest PNL activity was determined to be at 70% ammonium sulfate concentration. The pectin lyase enzyme was purified by three-phase separation technique from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria with a yield of 25.5% and 192.58-fold (Table 1).

In some previous researches, PNL enzyme was reported to be purified 30.9, 36.36, and 58.01 times from bacteria such as Brevibacillus borstelensis [5], Bacillus pumilus [32], Aspergillus flavus [33], respectively. In this study, the PNL enzyme was purified using the triple separation technique. The TPP method, previously used in the purification of mannanase [6] and phytase [7] enzymes, has also been used to purify the pectin lyase enzyme. The purification coefficient for PNL purified by TPP method from Pseudomonas putida for the first time was determined as 192.58 [24]. The high effect achieved by this method has shown that this method we use in the purification process of the PNL enzyme is a useful approach.

3.2. Preparation of Nanomagnetic CMC and Immobilization of Purified Pectin Lyase

Intermediate reagents are often used to create strong cross-links in enzyme immobilization. The most commonly used bifunctional cross-linking reagent is glutaraldehyde because it is cheap and can easily bound to enzymes [32]. L-glutaraldehyde was used as intermediate reagent in here too. The pectin lyase enzyme purified from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus was covalently immobilized to the surface of the CMC support material activated by a 1% L-glutaraldehyde solution in a suitable incubation medium (30°C for 60 minutes). The amount of protein, pectin lyase enzyme bound to magnetic CMC NPs was determined against time by making measurements in samples taken at different time intervals in reaction medium using Warburg and Bradford methods [31]. The carboxymethyl cellulose was activated with glutaraldehyde, thereby increasing the roughness of the surface after immobilization of the enzyme via the glutaraldehyde intermediate arm, allowing the enzyme to bind to the surface [20] (Figure 1).

3.3. Effect of Incubation Time, pH, and Temperature on Immobilization of PNL Enzyme on Magnetic CMC

Optimal pH and temperature values were determined by covalent immobilization of purified pectin lyase enzyme to the magnetized CMC NPs surface which was magnetized with nano-Fe3O4. The purified PNL enzyme was immobilized using appropriate buffers at pH 3–8 and the relative activity (%) of the immobilized PNL enzyme was calculated. Accordingly, it was determined that the purified pectin lyase enzyme binds to a high level of support material at pH 8.0 and 30°C. The immobilization was then monitored for 7 hours to determine the optimal immobilization time at pH 8.0 and 30°C (Figures 2(a) and 2(b)). The purified PNL enzyme was found to bind to the magnetized CMC NPs support material after 90 minutes at 80% rate (Figure 2(c)). Maximum binding rates of the pectin lyase to support materials were determined as 85% [16] and 87.2 [7] in previous studies.

3.4. Biochemical Properties of Free and Immobilized Pectin Lyase
3.4.1. Effect of Temperature and pH

The reaction was carried out at 10 to 90°C using pectin as a substrate at pH 8.0 for a 90-minute incubation period for the free and immobilized pectin lyase enzyme. The maximum enzyme activity for free and immobilized pectin lyase was found at 50°C and was found to be consistent with the results of PNL enzymes reported by Lei and Bi [34] and Babagil [35]. At the temperatures above 50°C, both free and immobilized pectinase activities decreased (Figure 3(a)). This value was obtained by taking into consideration pH, temperature, and time to which the enzyme is stable (Figure 2). The enzyme substrate reaction was carried out at 30°C for 90 minutes with pH changing from 2.0 to 9.0. The optimum pH for the free and immobilized pectin lyase enzyme was found to be 8.0 (Figure 3(b)). It was determined that the optimum pH and optimum temperature values of pure pectin lyase obtained from different sources are generally between pH 4.5–10 and 30–70°C [4, 3436].

3.5. pH Stability and Thermal Stability
3.5.1. pH Stability

The free and immobilized pectin lyase enzymes were incubated at 4°C for 1 hour using pH 3 to 5 acetate buffer, pH 6 to 7 phosphate buffer and pH 8 to 9 Tris/HCl buffer and their activities was measured. The results obtained are shown in Figure 4(a). It is understood from the results obtained that the immobilized PNL enzyme becomes more resistant to temperature compared to the free enzyme. From the results obtained, it was determined that the free enzyme retains 40% of the activity and the immobilized enzyme retains 78% of its activity at pH 3. It was also retained 86% of the activity of free PNL and 57% of the activity of immobilized pectin lyase at pH 9.0. As can be seen from the results, the immobilized pectin lyase enzyme activity is more stable at different pH.

3.5.2. Thermal Stability

Enzymes, like other proteins, are generally heat sensitive and can be inhibited. However, immobilized enzymes are more resistant to high temperatures. The thermal inactivation rates of the soluble and immobilized enzyme were examined in the range of 10 to 100°C at pH 8.0 in 50 mM Na-phosphate buffer. The thermostability of the immobilized pectin lyase was measured by comparison with the free pectin lyase as shown in Figure 4(b). The free PNL enzyme lost approximately 75% of its activity at 90°C after 1 hour of heat treatment, while it lost only 26% of immobilized pectin lyase activity. Studies have shown that immobilized PNL enzyme generally increases thermal and pH stability compared to soluble enzymes [24, 36].

3.6. Characterization of Free and Immobilized PNL Enzymes

The affinities of immobilized pectin lyase (IMB-PNL) and free pectin lyase (F-PNL) enzymes were compared for pectin, gum, and chitin substrates and it was determined that IMB-PNL showed higher activity against all substrates (Table 2).

Vmax, KM, and catalytic efficiency were determined by measuring initial reaction rates and varying the amount of substrate. In addition, the enzyme kinetic parameters were determined using different substrates and it was observed that pectin is the best substrate. Similarly, also in previous studies, pectin was determined as the most suitable substrate [24, 35]. The results obtained in the study shown that Vmax values of IMB-PNL enzyme against all substrates increased and KM values decreased. In the reactions where pectin is used as substrate and KM values are 1.02 mg/mL for free enzyme, while this value for IMB-PNL is 0.88 mg/mL. Vmax values were determined as 18.01 mmol/Lmin for free enzyme and 24.02 mmol/Lmin for IMB-PNL. It is also seen that the affinity of the enzyme for the pectin substrate is high as in a previous study and increased significantly [17]. It can be thought that the decrease in the value of KM and increase in Vmax of the immobilized PNL enzyme compared to the free enzyme is due to the more stable structure of the immobilized PNL enzyme.

3.7. SDS-PAGE Electrophoresis

SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was performed to check the purity and subunit number of the pectin lyase enzyme purified by triple phase separation (TPP) from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus. The resulting band images were photographed and are given in Figure 5. The gel images of PNL enzyme obtained from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria were compared with standard protein. Single protein band was obtained and molecular weight was determined as 33 kDa. PNL enzymes produced from Bacillus pumilus (P9) [32], Aspergillus flavus [33], and Penicillium chrysogenum [37] bacteria have 25 kDa, 38 kDa, and 31 kDa molecular weights, respectively.

3.8. Structural Characterization of Support Material

The structure of immobilized PNL on magnetite-CMC NPs in SEM images is shown in Figure 6. The distribution of Fe3O4 NPs on the surface is clearly seen from SEM images. After the immobilization of the enzyme via the glutaraldehyde intermediate arm, the roughness of the surface increases and the surface binds with the enzyme. In addition, the surface of the magnetic CMC NPs from Figure 6 was observed to be very rough than the natural CMC, and it was concluded that the structure of the support material was suitable for modification with nanomaterials and immobilization with PNL enzyme. It also has large-scale support and structural stability. It has also been shown in our previous studies that the cellulosic structure of the lily flower is a good support for enzyme immobilization [24].

3.9. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Analysis

XRD patterns of free enzyme magnetite-CMC NPs and purified pectin lyase immobilized magnetite-CMC NPs are shown in Figure 7.

The XRD pattern of CMC exhibits broad diffraction peaks at 2θ = 30.25°, 35.64°, 43.52°, 53.72°, 57.41°, and 63.03° which are typical fingerprints of Fe3O4 structure [38].

Energy Distribution X-ray analysis spectroscopy (EDX) revealed the presence of elements of free and immobilized pectin lyase with magnetite-CMC NPs structures (Figure 4 and Tables 2 and 3).

3.10. FT-IR Analysis

The structure of support material which immobilized and purified PNL enzyme onto modified CMC with Fe3O4 NPs was analyzed by FTIR. . Figure 8 shows the FT-IR spectrum of the structure of the IM-PNL enzyme on the magnetic CMC support material. It is seen from the spectrum that the characteristic absorption of Fe-O bond of Fe3O4 structure is 534 cm−1 and 638 cm−1, and the characteristic absorption of -OH bond is 3390 cm−1. The vibrations at 1404 cm−1 and 1608 cm−1 are characteristic peaks of the COO-Fe bond which may be due to the reaction of hydroxide radical groups on the Fe3O4 surface with the carboxylate anion contained in the cellulosic structure of the CMC. The peaks at 2850 cm−1 and 2917 cm−1 are due to vibration of the alkyl groups (at -CH2 and -CH3) of the cellulosic structure (CMC).

In Figure 8, the tensile vibration peaks belonged to -OH and -NH at 3419.79 and 3437.15 cm−1, respectively. In addition, the peak between 1514.12 and 1560.41 cm−1 showed the bending of -NH2. The shift observed in the band position is due to the cross-links between magnetic CMC and L-glutaraldehyde for copolymer modification.

3.11. Fruit Juice Clarification with Pectin Lyase

Treatment of fruit juices with low cost and quality application is an important target in food industry application. The biggest problem encountered in the preparation of many juices and wines other than citrus is the unwanted turbidity. The turbidity in freshly produced juice is caused by suspension of polysaccharides such as pectin, cellulose, hemicellulose, starch, and lignin in the cell wall. In industrial fruit juice processing, pectinolytic enzymes are used to remove such turbidity [24, 39]. Enzymes in this group that act on plant polysaccharides cause the aggregation of cloud particles and the clarification of fruit juices. Especially pectin lyase breaking down the pectins, it increases fruit juice yield and provides clarification [5, 8, 24, 40]. In this study, it was investigated whether free and immobilized PNL enzymes produced and purified from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus affect the degradation rate and clarity of the juice production process used in fruit juice production.

Experiments using free enzyme and immobilized enzyme in fruit juice clarification processes were compared with control experiment using pure water. In fruit juice production process, grape (black), peach, apple (red), and plum (black) fruits obtained from local markets were washed and homogenized. For this purpose, clarification % rate was calculated by comparing the amount of dry matter remaining after filtration of the reaction medium prepared using 10 g fruit and the results are given in Table 3. The effects of free and immobilized PNL enzymes on grape (black), plum, peach and apple juice amounts, and clarification ratios were determined and the increasing volume values in the filtrates are shown in Table 3. As in previous studies, immobilized pectin lyase reduced the degree of turbidity at higher rate than free pectin lyase and caused an increase in fruit juice volume too (Figure 4) [35, 41]. In addition, the absorbance changes in all filtrates were determined by measuring optical densities at 660 nm and the results are shown in Figure 9 as reduction % [12, 32]. We observed a decrease in dry weights of all fruit, and especially the decreasing values of apple and black plum were more than the others. Similarly, Demir and her group determined a significant increase in their volume for all fruit juices in their study (Table 3) [5]. In the previous study [40], it was determined that the amount of pectin in the fruit juice decreased after the juice was clarified with the enzyme. It was determined that the increasing volume and decreasing dry weight were more than free PNL in immobilized PNL and immobilized PNL was more effective than free PNL enzyme in clarifying juices (Table 3). We say from results that the magnetized IMB-PNL reduced the degrees of turbidity in peach, apple, black plum, and black grape, respectively, at 21%, 15%, 23%, and 14% rates. Similarly, during the purification of apple juice, viscosity reduction was reported as ∼35%, 38.8%, ∼4.5%, and ∼36%, respectively, by Busto et al. [36], Xu et al. [42], Yuan et al. [43], and Singh and Gupta [44] ([25, 4145]).

4. Conclusions

The use of pectic enzymes obtained from bacteria in the food industry has attracted great attention in recent studies. It is also known that immobilization of these enzymes offers several advantages over processes using soluble enzymes. Having a good haze removal activity, pectin lyase has a possible and effective use in the fruit juice industry. In this study, the pectin lyase enzyme was purified from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus bacteria by the three-phase separation technique and immobilized via glutaraldehyde on CMS, which is a natural biomaterial and magnetized with Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The efficiency and reusability of the PNL enzyme obtained from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus have been increased immobilizing on CMS, a natural support material, and it was tried to obtain a more economical use. Among the various support materials used for the immobilization of enzymes, low-cost, nontoxic, renewable, biodegradable, and biocompatible cellulose and its derivatives are becoming increasingly important. The results here show that the immobilized PNL enzyme on CMS exhibits good reusability for pectin hydrolysis and is more effective than the free enzyme. In addition, it was also seen that immobilized enzymes showed a good agreement effective in clarifying the fruits juice. Immobilization with these nontoxic materials is important in the food industry to contribute to a sustainable nutrition system. It is conceivable to use such easily accessible and nontoxic natural support materials for the immobilization of different enzymes in the food industry.

Data Availability

The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.