Facile fabrication of a stable and recyclable lipase@amine-functionalized ZIF-8 nanoparticles for esters hydrolysis and transesterification

Ling Zhi Cheong, Yayu Wei, Hongbin Wang, Zhiying Wang, Xiurong Su, Cai Shen

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Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIF) represent one of the metal organic frameworks (MOF) with high potential for enzyme immobilization due to their exceptional chemical and thermal stability, negligible cytotoxicity, and easy synthesis under mild biocompatible conditions. Amine-functionalized ZIF-8 (An-ZIF-8) are capable of forming multipoint attachment via hydrogen bonding with lipase which will immobilize and further enhance stabilization of lipase. In addition, increased hydrophilicity of An-ZIF-8 will increase partitioning of An-ZIF-8 immobilized lipase at the aqueous/organic interface which enable lipase to expose its active site and retain its catalytic activity at its highest. Present study reports the use of ZIF-8 and An-ZIF-8 nanoparticles as carrier for Burkholderia cepacia lipase (BCL), compares the ester hydrolysis and transesterification activities of immobilized lipase with those of free lipase, and evaluates the reusability and recovery rate of the immobilized lipase. An-ZIF-8 nanoparticles (average 130.42 ± 0.55 nm) were facilely synthesized via mixing ZIF-8 nanoparticles with ammonia hydroxide solution. Despite having similar characteristics of high crystallinity and forming cuboid-like particles, An-ZIF-8 demonstrated significantly (P < 0.05) lower Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and higher thermal stability than ZIF-8. BCL were successfully immobilized on ZIF-8 (BCL@ZIF-8) and An-ZIF-8 (BCL@An-ZIF-8) nanoparticles with an average lipase loading rate of ~ 8 mg/g MOF. The immobilized BCL demonstrated no significant differences in terms of esters hydrolysis and transesterification activities with those of free BCL. BCL@An-ZIF-8 demonstrated superior catalytic stability in comparison to BCL@ZIF-8 with retainment of more than 80% of its initial hydrolysis and transesterification activity for at least 10 repeated runs. In addition, more than 80% of the BCL@An-ZIF-8 can be easily recovered during each cycle of the reusability test through simple centrifugation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number280
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Amine functionalization
  • Burkholderia cepacialipase
  • Hydrolysis
  • Immobilization
  • Metal organic framework
  • Nanobiocatalysts
  • Transesterification
  • ZIF-8 nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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