American Journal of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2016, Pages: 21-25

Cellulase Enzyme Activity of Bacillus Circulans from Larvae Cossus Cossus in Lignocellulosic Substrat

Maswati Baharuddin1, *, Ahyar Ahmad2, Nursiah La Nafie2, Firdaus Zenta2

1Departement of Chemistry, Islamic State of Alauddin Universty, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

2Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Maswati Baharuddin, Ahyar Ahmad, Nursiah La Nafie, Firdaus Zenta. Cellulase Enzyme Activity of Bacillus Circulans from Larvae Cossus Cossus in Lignocellulosic Substrat. American Journal of Biomedical and Life Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016, pp. 21-25. doi: 10.11648/j.ajbls.20160402.13

Received: February 19, 2016; Accepted: March 6, 2016; Published: March 28, 2016

Abstract: Cellulase are the enzymes hydrolyzing cellulosic biomass and are produced by the microorganism that grown over cellulosic matter. Bacterial Cellulases poses more advantage when compared to the cellulases from other sources. This study aims to determine the optimum conditions of cellulase production from the bacteria Bacillus Circulans CC2 and CC4 in comparison with isolates hydrolize rice straw. CC2 and CC4 isolated from larvae Cossus cossus. The testing to produce cellulase was done with various pH and temperature. The enzyme activity was tested using DNS Method. The results showed that the isolated CC2 and CC4 have the same optimum temperature of 70°C on condition CMC 1%, medium pH 7,0. Crude extract cellulase isolates CC2 work optimally at pH 4 while the isolates CC4 work at pH 7. highest activity in the cellulase enzymes hydrolyze the substrate on cellulose powder with optimum activity at pH 4 CC4 isolates of 2.775 x 10-2 U/ mL, while the enzyme activity CC2 isolates 4.359 x 10-2 U/mL, p this occurs due to the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic substrates with cellulase enzymes will outline the cellulose into glucose which is a simple form.

Keywords: Cellulace, Cossus Cossus, Rice Straw

1. Introduction

Bioethanol can be produced from various materials such as bagasse, straw, etc. The waste materials containing lignocellulose which are very abundant availability and is not used optimally. Utilization of lignocellulosic materials for bioethanol production can be taken into consideration because it does not compete with the need for food [2]. In agricultural wastes contain lignocellulosic that can be converted into products that have economic value as compost, feed, biofuel and as a medium for bacterial growth. Lignocellulose is consists of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin.

One of the obstacle in lignocellulose hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass is the resistance that highly resistant to hydrolysis chemistry and biology particularly in cellulose crystals that forms the new cell wall [6]. The conversion of cellulose into simple sugars requires hydrolase enzyme [11]. Estimates indicate that using of cellulase enzymes in biotechnological processes can lower processing costs up to 13% [8]. Limitations on enzymatic degradation of lignocellulosic biomass is mostly related with enzymatic stability, inhibitor, and by products [9]. Search of new enzymes with higher specific activity is one way to overcome the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass. Each cellulolytic bacteria can produce different cellulase complex enzyme, depend on the gene that is owned and carbon sources used [14]. Utilization of enzyme-producing bacteria as chosen because it has several advantages such as: low production costs, production time is relatively short, has grown and speed easily controlled. Recent evidence suggests that insects life in the trees produces lignocellulose as food [15] in Willis et al., 2010.

The ability of insects such as Cossus cossus [4] are capable of crushing lignocellulose into sugar that is affected by microbial symbionts are capable of producing cellulase enzyme [3]. Some insects has evolved using lignocellulosic substrates as a food source, thus becoming one of the alternatives are good resources to generate new cellulolytic enzymes [16]. Larvae Cossus cossus is one insect that is able to produce enzyme cellulase. This is because the process of life using the tree as a place to live and its food. These larvae has characteristics that reflect their way of life, drill on wood and trunk. Big head, longer and wider with large jaw. Prothorax shaped like a typical plate or shield that has a tail smooth margin [10].

Figure 1. Cossus cossus larvae.

Based on the above, then do research about potential of cellulase enzymes [4] from bacteria larvae Cossus cossus in hydrolysis of rice straw.

2. Methods

2.1. Bacterial Isolation

Larva Cossus cossus were collected from Lejja South Sulawesi for isolation of cellulase-producing Bacteria. The cellulace Producing microorganisms showed the zone of clearance on this agar.

2.2. Identification of Cellulolytic-Producing Bacteria

The selected isolates were identified to the genus level using morphological and Biochemical methods. Pure bacterial cultures were obtained and the nucleotide sequence of the 16S rRNA gene of isolated bacteria was amplified by PCR employing DNA Polimerase.

2.3. Isolation of Lignocellulose and Cellulose from Rice Straw

Isolation of lignocellulose and cellulose from rice straw Isolation of a straw lignocellulose is done by first drying the straw to be used up to a size of 40 mesh. Rice straw that had been sifted and then washed with distilled water. The mixture was filtered, the next residue is dried in an oven at a temperature of 50°C. After that, added HCl 3% to dissolve the minerals contained in rice straw. Then filtered, and the residue is washed with distilled water until pH neutral (test with litmus), and then dried in an oven. As for isolation of cellulose is done by adding solution of NaOCl 10% to lignocellulose powder, and then macerate for 24 hours. Then the mixture is filtered and the sediment was washed with distilled water until pH neutral (test with litmus), dried in oven and weighed weight. For the next, determination of lignin content of lignocellulose and cellulose from rice straw using methods [19].

2.4. Production of Cellulase Enzyme

Cellulolytic bacterial isolates were inoculated as much as 2 os in 200 ml of CMC Broth media 1% (1 g of CMC, 0.1 g K2HPO4, CaCl2. 2H2O 0.04 g, 0.04 grams of MgSO4.7H2O, yeast extract 0.4 g) were incubated on incubator shaker at temperature of 50°C until the exponential phase. And the next, crude enzyme that obtained in the centrifugation at 3,000 rpm for 15 minutes at a temperature of 4°C.

Effect pH On Cellulase Production

The Effect of optimum pH For Cellulaase production by the experimental microorganisms was determined by culturing the bacteria in the producton media with different pH. The experiment was carried out individually at various pH such as 3,4,5,6,7,8,9. The enzyme assay was carried aut idividually after 72 hours of incubated 37°C [17]

Effect of temperature on Cellulase Production

The ffect of temperature on cellulase production was studied by incubating the culture media at various temperatures such as 20,30,40,50,60,70,80, and 90°C.

Assay Of Cellulase

The activity of Cellulase was assayed using DNS Method. The DNS Assay was carried out as 0,2 ml of culture filtrate was mixed with 1% CMC in a test tube and incubated at 40°C for 30 minutes. The reaction was terminated by adding 3 ml of DNS reagen. The tube was then incubated at 100°C. One unit of the cellulase activity refers to the amount of enzyme that release 1 µM glucose [5].

2.5. Cellulase Activity on Substrate Rice Straw

Lignocellulosic substrates 0.05 grams, cellulose and straw powder are added 5 ml of buffer and 5 ml of crude extract enzyme. The reaction between substrate and crude extract enzyme is done in erlemeyer 100 ml for 60 minutes at optimum temperature. After that, the reaction is stopped.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Isolation and Identification of the Isolated Bacterial Strain

Four strains of cellulose-hydrolitic bacteria were isolated from larvae Cossus cossus and designeted as strain CC1-4. All strains grew well at 35°C. The fragment comarising of 16S r RNA gene were also determined for novel isolates. The nearly full leghy sequences were obtained by PCR, coned and sequenced. All sequences showed > 89% identity wit 16S rRNA gene of a previosly analyzed Bacillus circulans strain CC2. as well as a high identities of amino acid sequence of 16S r RNA gene from Bacillus circulans was also detected.

3.2. Determination of Lignin Content Lignocelluloses and Cellulose from Rice Straw

Based on the determination of lignin content that performed [18], obtained percentate of lignocellulose in the rice straw is 22.8698% while the content of cellulose in straw is 31.9813%. Straw has a crude fiber content which high enough, based on research [13] about the analysis of crude fiber in rice straw, showed that inside the straw there is a 57.04% crude fiber.

Based on the determination of lignin content of lignocellulose, cellulose and lignin in the straw powder using method SNI, obtained lignocelluloses content in rice straw is 22.8698%, this result approaching lignocellulose content in rice straw based on chemical composition of raw materials the stimulation of the production of ethanol are 23% while in rice straw cellulose content obtained at 31.9813%, while based on the chemical composition of raw materials and the stimulation of ethanol sellulose production in rice straw is 32%.

In the determination of lignin content is obtained lignin content of 12.2788%. This result is very low when compared with the results of the research who did [13], who get the lignin content in rice straw is 32.07%, but the results of this research approaches the lignin content which based on the chemical composition of raw materials and stimulation ethanol production is 13%. This content shows amount of lignin levels that exist in rice straw so that lignin removal should be done, because lignin inhibits hydrolysis process of cellulose. High lignin content minimizes enzyme access to substrates that causing low activity of enzymes in hydrolyzing substrate.

3.3. Effect Temperature on Cellulase Activity

The main parameters like temperature, pH are very essential parameters of the cellulase production. To Optimaze the optimum temperature for the better cellulase production, production were made in various temperatures. The higher cellulase activity was found as 19, 41 x 10-4 U/mL CC2 isolate and 20,34 x 10-4 U/mL at 70°C isolate CC4 (Fig. 1). The temperature requirement of the organisms is based on the nature of organisms. A Work done by Abdelnasser and Ahmed in was found to optimum temperature for Bacillus sp at 75°C [9].

Figure 2. Effect the temperature on the activity of Cellulase of isolate CC2 and CC4 conditions: Substrate CMC 1% and pH 7 phospate Buffer.

3.4. Effect pH on Cellulase Activity

As the pH is found to be also impotent enviromental parameters, varying pH on Cellulase production. Maximum prodoction of the enzym 15,88 x 10-4 isolate CC2 was obtaened at the pH 4 and 15,40 x 10-4 U/mL isolate CC4 at the pH 7 as shown in (Fig. 2). The enzym has abroad range of pH activity (1-11) with optimal pH at 7 whic is close the optimum pH value of most Bacillus Anoxybacillus Flavithermus EHPI [9]

Figure 3. Effect of pH on the activity of Cellulase of isolate CC2 and CC4 conditions: Substrate CMC 1%.

3.5. Hydrolysis of Lignocellulose, Cellulose and Straw Powder

Based on substrate hydrolysis (lignocellulose powder, cellulose powder, and powders straw) is used Isolate CC2 and CC4 at pH 7.5 and 4 (based on testing pH optimum) (Fig. 2) [3] enzyme activity obtained at λ max = 545 are as follows.

Figure 4. The Results of hydrolysis substrate using cellulase enzyme from Isolates CC4 at pH 7.5 and 4.

Figure 5. The Results of hydrolysis substrate using a cellulase enzyme from Isolates CC2 at pH 7.5 and 4.

Enzyme activity is caused also on the temperatures used. In this research is used temperature of 50°C as the optimum temperature to determine the highest activity of cellulase enzymes in hydrolyzing substrate.

The using optimum temperature is used to optimize the work of cellulase enzymes. It means that when the enzyme is on temperature above 50°C will be damaged (denatured), but when the enzyme is on temperature below 50°C, the enzyme is not active [20].

Based on the research that has been done, get the best activity in cellulase enzymes in hydrolysis substrate (straw powder, lignocellulose powder and cellulose powder) which is on a substrate of cellulose powder. This is seen in the activity of the enzyme after measured by UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, to Isolate CC4 has the highest activity on cellulose of 4.359 x 10-2 U/mL as well as on isolate CC2 has activity 2.425 x 10-2 U/mL, it is caused the enzyme used is cellulase enzyme which is an enzyme that can hydrolyze cellulose. And cellulose used is pure cellulose.

Beside that, the substrate lignocellulosic powder obtained enzyme activity CC4 isolates of 4.295 x 10-2 U/mL and the lignocellulose powder CC2 isolates ie 2.07 x 10-2 U/mL. When compared to isolates straw powder CC4 3.57 x 10-2U/mL and to isolate CC2 1.61 x 10-2. The amount enzyme activity of the lignocellulosic compared to the straw powder is caused by lignocellulosic substrates have undergone removal of minerals so partly can be hydrolyzed by the enzyme cellulose. On lignocellulose and straw powder had lower enzyme activity, it is because on the second substrate portion forming component in the form of cellulose and lignin. Where, lignin cellulose binding cellulose physically so that preventing the cellulase enzyme to work up to hydrolysis in substrate [12].

The type of strain, culture condition, nature of substrat and availaibility of nutriens are the othe important factoreffecting yield of enzyme production.

4. Conclusion

Bacillus Circulans isolated in his study offer a good prospect for Cellulolytic enzyme production and this method can be applied as a part of bioethanol process using lignocellulsic matrials example rice straw. For application Lignocellulose isolation process of rice straw can be carried out using hydrochloric acid (HCl) and found 20.2% of lignocellulose contents.

The isolation process of cellulose from rice straw is carrioed by using a solution of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) 10% and obtained the cellulose content is 32%.

Hydrolysis of the substrate by using a crude extract of enzyme at pH and temperature optimum yield the highest activity on cellulose. On the cellulose powder with optimum activity at pH 4 on CC4 isolate of 2,775 x 10-2 U/mL while on CC2 isolate the enzyme activity of 4.359 x 10-2 U/mL, this is because the hydrolysis that occurs enzymaticly on a substrate of cellulose with cellulase enzymes will decipher cellulose into simple shapes that glucose.


The author thank for Mr. Abdul Rauf Patong for any guidance, motivation and assistance in research, may Allah reward.


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