Enzymatic Characteristics of ${\alpha}-Galactosidase$ for the Removal of Flatulence Factor in Soybean

대두(大豆)의 Flatulence Factor 제거(除去)를 위한 ${\alpha}-Galactosidase$ 효소제의 특성

  • Jung, Sang-Soo (Department of Food and Nutrition, Ewha Woman's University) ;
  • Lee, Su-Rae (Department of Food and Nutrition, Ewha Woman's University)
  • 정상수 (이화여자대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 이서래 (이화여자대학교 식품영양학과)
  • Published : 1986.12.01


For the removal of raffinose and stachyose related to flatulence in soybean, ${\alpha}-Galactosidase$ activity of six commercial enzyme preparations was compared and their enzymatic characteristics were investigated. Among the tested enzymes, one product from Aspergillus niger was shown to be the most potent in ${\alpha}-Galactosidase$ activity. The enzyme characteristics of the selected preparation were shown to be pH 4.0-4.5 for optimum activity, pH 4-5 for optimum stability and $45^{\circ}C$ for optimum activity. Upon reaction on a synthetic substrate, $p-nitrophenyl-{\alpha}-D-galactoside$, Michaelis constant was 2.08 mM and maximum velocity was 435 micromoles of substrate/minute/g enzyme preparation. The enzyme was proved to be essential for SH group for its activity and capable of hydrolyzing raffinose, sucrose and $p-nitrophenyl-{\alpha}-D-galactoside$ almost completely. Thin-layer chromatographic analysis exhibited that the enzyme treatments of raffinose and stachyose were resulted to produce only monosaccharides in 2 hours of hydrolysis. It was, therefore, assumed that the flatulence factor in soybean foods can be easily removed by the use of enzymes showing ${\alpha}-Galactosidase$ activity.