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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2000 Apr;64(4):841-4.

Secreted phytase activities of yeasts.

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  • 1AjinomotoCo., Inc, Tokyo, Japan.


The enzyme phytase dephosphorylates phytin (inositol hexaphosphate), a major phosphate reserve in plants. We found that a large number of yeast species secreted a phytase. Several species were identified as high phytase producers. The yeast enzymes had an optimal activity at pH 4-5 and generally a very high optimal temperature, ranging from 60 degrees C to 80 degrees C.

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