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    Lysine blockage of milk proteins in infant formula impairs overall protein digestibility and peptide release
    Zenker, Hannah E. ; Lieshout, Glenn A.A. van; Gool, Martine P. van; Bragt, Marjolijn C.E. ; Hettinga, Kasper A. - \ 2020
    Food & Function 11 (2020)1. - ISSN 2042-6496 - p. 358 - 369.

    During heat processing of milk and dairy products, for example infant formula, the Maillard reaction occurs. In vitro and animal studies suggest that Maillard reaction induced lysine blockage impairs protein digestibility. Most studies that investigate the effect of glycation on protein digestion use a mixture of isolated milk protein with reducing sugars. In this study, infant formulas with 6.5%, 8.4%, 11.2%, 14.8%, 20.8%, and 44.5% of blocked lysine (BL) were digested in an in vitro infant digestion model and tested for protein hydrolysis and peptide release. OPA (o-phthalaldehyde) assay was used to assess the degree of protein hydrolysis. SDS-PAGE was conducted to monitor the hydrolysis of specific proteins. Peptides formed after gastric and intestinal digestion were identified by LC/MS. Protein hydrolysis of the 6.5% BL sample was significantly higher after 10 minutes of intestinal digestion compared to all other samples. Most differences were observed after intestinal digestion. A significant change in peptide patterns was observed for the 45% BL sample resulting in a relatively higher number of peptides with more than 14 amino acids. Mainly casein-derived peptides were affected. Overall, the average peptide length was significantly increased for the 44.5% BL glycated product (on average 10.2 amino acids for 6-21% BL vs. 11.4 amino acids for 45% BL; p < 0.001). In conclusion, glycation of milk proteins in an infant formula product can impair overall protein digestibility. These findings emphasize the importance of mild processing and having low BL levels in infant formula to ensure optimal digestion of proteins.

    Pilot to actively restore native oyster reefs in the North Sea: comprehensive report to share lessons learned in 2018
    Didderen, K. ; Lengkeek, Wouter ; Kamermans, P. ; Deden, B. ; Reuchlin-Hugenholtz, E. ; Bergsma, J.H. ; Gool, A.C.M. van; Have, T.M. van der; Sas, Hein - \ 2019
    Culemborg : Bureau Waardenburg (Report / Bureau Waardenburg 19-013) - 33 p.
    Shellfish bed restoration pilots: Voordelta The Netherlands : Annual report 2017
    Sas, H. ; Kamermans, P. ; Have, T.M. van der; Christianen, M.J.A. ; Coolen, J.W.P. ; Lengkeek, W. ; Didderen, K. ; Driessen, F. ; Bergsma, J. ; Dalen, Pim van; Gool, A.C.M. van; Pool, Jesse van der; Weide, B.E. van der - \ 2018
    Wageningen Marine Research - 44 p.
    Evaluation of chitotriosidase as a biomarker for adipose tissue inflammation in overweight individuals and type 2 diabetic patients
    Tans, Roel ; Diepen, Janna A. van; Bijlsma, Sabina ; Verschuren, Lars ; Suppers, Anouk ; Stienstra, Rinke ; Wevers, Ron A. ; Tack, Cees J. ; Gloerich, Jolein ; Gool, Alain J. van - \ 2018
    International Journal of Obesity 43 (2018). - ISSN 0307-0565 - p. 1712 - 1723.

    Background: Overweight and obesity can lead to adipose tissue inflammation, which causes insulin resistance and on the long-term type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). The inflammatory changes of obese-adipose tissue are characterized by macrophage infiltration and activation, but validated circulating biomarkers for adipose tissue inflammation for clinical use are still lacking. One of the most secreted enzymes by activated macrophages is chitotriosidase (CHIT1). Objective: To test whether circulating CHIT1 enzymatic activity levels reflect adipose tissue inflammation. Methods: Plasma and adipose tissue samples of 105 subjects (35 lean, 37 overweight, and 33 T2D patients) were investigated. CHIT1 mRNA levels were determined in adipose tissue-resident innate immune cells. CHIT1 mRNA levels, protein abundance, and plasma enzymatic activity were subsequently measured in adipose tissue biopsies and plasma of control subjects with varying levels of obesity and adipose tissue inflammation as well as in T2D patients. Results: In adipose tissue, CHIT1 mRNA levels were higher in stromal vascular cells compared to adipocytes, and higher in adipose tissue-residing macrophages compared to circulating monocytes (p < 0.001). CHIT1 mRNA levels in adipose tissue were enhanced in overweightcompared to lean subjects and even more in T2D patients (p < 0.05). In contrast, plasma CHIT1 enzymatic activity did not differ between lean, overweight subjects and T2D patients. A mutation of the CHIT1 gene decreases plasma CHIT1 activity. Conclusions: CHIT1 is expressed by adipose tissue macrophages and expression is higher in overweight subjects and T2D patients, indicating its potential as tissue biomarker for adipose tissue inflammation. However, these differences do not translate into different plasma CHIT1 activity levels. Moreover, a common CHIT1 gene mutation causing loss of plasma CHIT1 activity interferes with its use as a biomarker of adipose tissue inflammation. These results indicate that plasma CHIT1 activity is of limited value as a circulating biomarker for adipose tissue inflammation in human subjects.

    Monitoring mussels Flakkeese Spuisluis: results 2016 en 2017
    Wijsman, J.W.M. ; Gool, A.C.M. van; Brummelhuis, E.B.M. ; Pool, Jesse van der - \ 2018
    Monitoring mosselgroei Flakkeese spuisluis : resultaten T1 bemonstering 2017
    Wijsman, Jeroen ; Gool, Ad van; Pool, Jesse van der - \ 2017
    Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C106/17) - 30
    Schelpdierwateronderzoek 2016
    Kotterman, M. ; Gool, A.C.M. van; Poelman, M. - \ 2017
    Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C072/17) - 34
    Taking multi-morbidity into account when attributing DALYs to risk factors : comparing dynamic modeling with the GBD2010 calculation method
    Boshuizen, Hendriek C. ; Nusselder, Wilma J. ; Plasmans, Marjanne H.D. ; Hilderink, Henk H. ; Snijders, Bianca E.P. ; Poos, René ; Gool, Coen H. van - \ 2017
    BMC Public Health 17 (2017). - ISSN 1471-2458
    Comorbidity - Disability weights - Incidence - Multi-morbidity - Prevalence - Risk factor attribution

    Background: Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) quantify the loss of healthy years of life due to dying prematurely and due to living with diseases and injuries. Current methods of attributing DALYs to underlying risk factors fall short on two main points. First, risk factor attribution methods often unjustly apply incidence-based population attributable fractions (PAFs) to prevalence-based data. Second, it mixes two conceptually distinct approaches targeting different goals, namely an attribution method aiming to attribute uniquely to a single cause, and an elimination method aiming to describe a counterfactual situation without exposure. In this paper we describe dynamic modeling as an alternative, completely counterfactual approach and compare this to the approach used in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study (GBD2010). Methods: Using data on smoking in the Netherlands in 2011, we demonstrate how an alternative method of risk factor attribution using a pure counterfactual approach results in different estimates for DALYs. This alternative method is carried out using the dynamic multistate disease table model DYNAMO-HIA. We investigate the differences between our alternative method and the method used by the GBD2010 by doing additional analyses using data from a synthetic population in steady state. Results: We observed important differences between the outcomes of the two methods: in an artificial situation where dynamics play a limited role, DALYs are a third lower as compared to those calculated with the GBD2010 method (398,000 versus 607,000 DALYs). The most important factor is newly occurring morbidity in life years gained that is ignored in the GBD2010 approach. Age-dependent relative risks and exposures lead to additional differences between methods as they distort the results of prevalence-based DALY calculations, but the direction and magnitude of the distortions depend on the particular situation. Conclusions: We argue that the GBD2010 approach is a hybrid of an attributional and counterfactual approach, making the end result hard to understand, while dynamic modelling uses a purely counterfactual approach and thus yields better interpretable results.

    Monitoring mosselgroei Flakkeese spuisluis : resultaten T0 bemonstering 2016
    Wijsman, J.W.M. ; Brummelhuis, E. ; Gool, A.C.M. van - \ 2016
    Yerseke : Wageningen Marine Research (Wageningen Marine Research rapport C126/16) - 33
    mossels - mosselteelt - groei - monitoring - zuid-holland - mussels - mussel culture - growth - monitoring - zuid-holland
    In de winter van 2016/2017 zal de Flakkeese spuisluis in de Grevelingendam weer in gebruik worden genomen. De spuisluis, bestaande uit een hevel, vormt een verbinding tussen het Grevelingenmeer en de Oosterschelde. Door het openen van de hevel zal als gevolg van het getij op de Oosterschelde water heen en weer worden getransporteerd tussen de Oosterschelde en het Grevelingenmeer. De verwachting is dat door de toename in waterbeweging de waterkwaliteit in het Grevelingenmeer zal verbeteren, met name nabij de bodem waar zuurstofloosheid optreedt. Om deze veranderingen te kunnen monitoren zijn er mosselen uitgezet in speciale mandjes op twee locaties in het Grevelingenmeer en twee locaties in de Oosterschelde. De groei en ontwikkeling van de mosselen kan worden gebruikt als een indicator voor de waterkwaliteit en -productiviteit. Doordat de mosselen gedurende een periode van enkele maanden zijn uitgezet, zijn de groeimetingen de resultante van de waterkwaliteit over die hele periode. Ook zijn in het Grevelingenmeer continue-metingen verricht voor zuurstofconcentratie (alleen bij de bodem) en temperatuur (nabij de bodem en het wateroppervlak). Dit rapport beschrijft de situatie in 2016 vóór de ingebruikname van de hevel.
    Accounting for multimorbidity can affect the estimation of the Burden of Disease : A comparison of approaches
    Hilderink, Henk B.M. ; Plasmans, Marjanne H.D. ; Snijders, Bianca E.P. ; Boshuizen, Hendriek C. ; René Poos, M.J.J.C. ; Gool, Coen H. van - \ 2016
    Archives of Public Health 74 (2016). - ISSN 0778-7367 - 16 p.
    Disability weights - Disease burden - Multimorbidity - Prevalence

    Background: Various Burden of Disease (BoD) studies do not account for multimorbidity in their BoD estimates. Ignoring multimorbidity can lead to inaccuracies in BoD estimations, particularly in ageing populations that include large proportions of persons with two or more health conditions. The objective of this study is to improve BoD estimates for the Netherlands by accounting for multimorbidity. For this purpose, we analyzed different methods for 1) estimating the prevalence of multimorbidity and 2) deriving Disability Weights (DWs) for multimorbidity by using existing data on single health conditions. Methods: We included 25 health conditions from the Dutch Burden of Disease study that have a high rate of prevalence and that make a large contribution to the total number of Years Lived with a Disability (YLD). First, we analyzed four methods for estimating the prevalence of multimorbid conditions (i.e. independent, independent age-and sex-specific, dependent, and dependent sex-and age-specific). Secondly, we analyzed three methods for calculating the Combined Disability Weights (CDWs) associated with multimorbid conditions (i.e. additive, multiplicative and maximum limit). A combination of these two approaches was used to recalculate the number of YLDs, which is a component of the Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY). Results: This study shows that the YLD estimates for 25 health conditions calculated using the multiplicative method for Combined Disability Weights are 5 % lower, and 14 % lower when using the maximum limit method, than when calculated using the additive method. Adjusting for sex-and age-specific dependent co-occurrence of health conditions reduces the number of YLDs by 10 % for the multiplicative method and by 26 % for the maximum limit method. The adjustment is higher for health conditions with a higher prevalence in old age, like heart failure (up to 43 %) and coronary heart diseases (up to 33 %). Health conditions with a high prevalence in middle age, such as anxiety disorders, have a moderate adjustment (up to 13 %). Conclusions: We conclude that BoD calculations that do not account for multimorbidity can result in an overestimation of the actual BoD. This may affect public health policy strategies that focus on single health conditions if the underlying cost-effectiveness analysis overestimates the intended effects. The methodology used in this study could be further refined to provide greater insight into co-occurrence and the possible consequences of multimorbid conditions in terms of disability for particular combinations of health conditions.

    Innovatieve reproductie Europese aal : VIP report
    Palstra, A.P. ; Graziano, Marco ; Mes, Daan ; Heide, M. van der; Böhm, Thijs ; Blom, E. ; Hofman, A.R.T. ; Es, Y. van; Gool, A.C.M. van; Brummelhuis, E.B.M. - \ 2016
    IMARES Wageningen UR (IMARES report C061/16) - 35
    Op het grensvlak van chemie en biotechnologie (interview met Harry Bitter)
    Gool, J. van; Bitter, J.H. - \ 2015
    Petrochem 2015 (2015)6. - ISSN 1380-6386 - p. 8 - 9.
    Harry Bitter, sinds twee jaar hoogleraar Biobased Chemistry & Technology aan de Wageningen Universiteit, pleit voor meer chemie en katalyse in het onderzoek naar biobased producten. ‘Mijn onderzoeksfocus ligt op hoe je de omzettingen van biomassa naar product zo optimaal mogelijk kunt uitvoeren. Voor mij zijn de reacties een vehikel om nieuwe, betere katalysatoren te ontwikkelen.’
    Interreg Safeguard - Food safety mapping of mussels and oysters (Crassostrea gigas) in the Dutch Wadden Sea
    Glorius, S.T. ; Poelman, M. ; Zweeden, C. van; Gool, A.C.M. van - \ 2014
    Den Helder : IMARES (Report / IMARES Wageningen UR C0104/14) - 71
    waddenzee - oesters - crassostrea gigas - besmetting - pathogenen - verontreiniging - voedselveiligheid - mossels - voedselbesmetting - wadden sea - oysters - crassostrea gigas - contamination - pathogens - pollution - food safety - mussels - food contamination
    The areal coverage and biomass of the invasive Pacific oyster has increased in both the Dutch and German part of the Wadden Sea area since its introduction in the late seventies. In the Dutch part of the Wadden Sea oyster beds have increased in areal coverage in the period 2003 –2008. The Pacific oyster has relevance for commercial exploitation since 2009. This arises special interest for food safety aspects. A joint monitor program named ‘Interreg Safeguard’ has been set up with German partners to firstly identify oyster bed location and subsequently obtain insight in the temporal and areal variation in both the level of chemical contamination as well as contamination with pathogens. Measured levels were compared with legislation standards currently in force and it was also researched what the relation of pollution levels found in oysters were with those found in mussels collected in the near vicinity. This report describes the results of the work carried within the Dutch part of the Wadden Sea and include; results of the mapping effort of oyster beds, concentrations of chemical and microbiological parameters in oyster and mussel tissue and the comparison of the contaminant levels found in oyster with those found in mussels.
    Schelpdierwateronderzoek 2013
    Poelman, M. ; Hoek-van Nieuwenhuizen, M. van; Gool, A.C.M. van - \ 2014
    Yerseke : IMARES (Rapport / IMARES Wageningen UR C091/14) - 33
    schaaldieren - schaal- en schelpdierenvisserij - waterverontreiniging - westerschelde - oosterschelde - noordzee - waddenzee - monitoring - voordelta - shellfish - shellfish fisheries - water pollution - western scheldt - eastern scheldt - north sea - wadden sea - monitoring - voordelta
    In november en december 2013 is onderzoek verricht naar de schelpdierwaterkwaliteit in de Nederlandse kustwatergebieden. Doel hiervan is het vaststellen van de gehalten aan fecale coliformen, E. coli (aanvullend), zware metalen en gehalogeneerde organische stoffen in schelpdiervlees. Daarnaast zijn zintuiglijke waarnemingen op het schelpdiervlees en veldmetingen voor de verschillende parameters in het oppervlaktewater uitgevoerd. De monitoringdata is getoetst aan de bestaande normen. De monitoring heeft plaatsgevonden op 12 locaties in gebieden waar schelpdierproductie/visserij voorkomt, namelijk de Westerschelde, Grevelingen, Oosterschelde, Voordelta en de Waddenzee.
    MZI - mosselgewicht als indicator van voedselomstandigheden
    Kamermans, P. ; Brummelhuis, E.B.M. ; Gool, A.C.M. van - \ 2014
    Yerseke : IMARES (Rapport / IMARES Wageningen UR C190/13) - 19
    schaal- en schelpdierenteelt - mosselteelt - aquatische biomassa - voedselbeperking - effecten - monitoring - shellfish culture - mussel culture - aquatic biomass - food restriction - effects - monitoring
    MZI-activiteiten hebben tot gevolg dat de Waddenzee en Oosterschelde meer biomassa aan mosselen zal gaan bevatten. Dit kan bij opschaling effect hebben op de voedselomstandigheden en dus draagkracht voor schelpdieren. Dat er geen negatieve effecten zullen optreden kan alleen aangetoond worden als er ook gericht gemeten wordt in de betreffende natuurgebieden. Daarom is onderzoek gedaan naar het gebruik van impact-indicatoren die iets kunnen zeggen over de huidige toestand van de draagkracht en die kunnen worden opgenomen in een monitoringsprogramma.
    Dynamic-HIA-2: a tool to calculate the complete counterfactual disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) of risk factor exposure
    Boshuizen, H.C. ; Gool, C.H. ; Nusselder, W.J. - \ 2013
    The Lancet 381 (2013)Suppl.2. - ISSN 0140-6736 - p. S21 - S21.
    Background Many risk factors, such as smoking, affect multiple diseases. Calculating a disability-adjusted life-year (DALY) for such risk factors should take comorbidity into account. We aim to provide a tool for such calculations, using a counterfactual approach. Methods We defined a DALY in the original terms as a metric “to quantify loss of healthy years of life due to dying prematurely or to living with the health consequences of diseases, injuries or risk factors”, rather than use its operational form (the sum of healthy years lost through mortality and through disease). As a DALY reflects the effect of risk factor exposure in a particular year only, we calculate this by comparing future population health in the current situation and in the situation where the risk factor is absent in the particular year but returns to the value it would have had in the current situation after 1 year. We derived disability weights for comorbidity by multiplying (1 — disability weight) of the separate diseases. We also included disability weights greater than 0 for those without risk-factor-related disease, reflecting disability from all other diseases. We incorporated the calculation in the DYNAMO-HIA-2 programme, which implements a risk factor—disease Markov model. This reduces the computational burden on the user from entering the data. Findings Our method delivers a lower DALY than the WHO burden of disease approach, as the latter assumes that the years gained by elimination of the risk factor would all have been healthy years, while our method takes into account that part of these years would have been spent with disease. Interpretation The proposed method delivers a straightforward metric in terms of interpretation, fully taking competing mortality, morbidity, and comorbidity into account. However, handling of interaction effects (that is, those spared in one year are at risk in later years) needs further discussion. Funding This research was funded by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and partly by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. The first version of DYNAMO-HIA was partly funded by the Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission.
    De voedselveiligheid van Japanse oesters en mosselen in de Waddenzee
    Poelman, M. ; Glorius, S.T. ; Gool, A.C.M. van; Linden, A. van der - \ 2013
    Aquacultuur 28 (2013)2. - ISSN 1382-2764 - p. 10 - 16.
    oesters - crassostrea gigas - mossels - mytilidae - voedselveiligheid - volksgezondheid - monitoring - bemonsteren - monsters - waddenzee - oysters - crassostrea gigas - mussels - mytilidae - food safety - public health - monitoring - sampling - samples - wadden sea
    De laatste decennia is het areaal aan Japanse oesters in de Duitse en Nederlandse Waddenzee toegenomen. Dit leidt tot een zekere mate van concurrentie in ruimte en voedsel tussen onder andere mosselen en oesters. Naast de ecologische effecten zijn er ook directe economische effecten, er wordt inmiddels al dankbaar gebruik gemaakt door bedrijfsmatig oester in de Waddenzee te rapen. Over de voedselveiligheid van deze oesters in het Wad is nog niet veel bekend, reden dus om een monitoring uit te voeren op oesters en als vergelijking mosselen. Dit alles om beter zicht te hebben op de voedselveiligheid van Waddenzee oesters.
    Distinct roles of carbohydrate esterase family CE16 acetyl esterases and polymer-acting acetyl xylan esterases in xylan deacetylation
    Koutaniemi, S. ; Gool, M.P. van; Juvonen, M. ; Hinz, S.W.A. ; Schols, H.A. ; Tenkanen, M. - \ 2013
    Journal of Biotechnology 168 (2013)4. - ISSN 0168-1656 - p. 684 - 692.
    eucalyptus-globulus labill - trichoderma-reesei - alpha-glucuronidase - schizophyllum-commune - catalytic-properties - purification - aspen - mode - wood
    Mass spectrometric analysis was used to compare the roles of two acetyl esterases (AE, carbohydrate esterase family CE16) and three acetyl xylan esterases (AXE, families CE1 and CE5) in deacetylation of natural substrates, neutral (linear) and 4-O-methyl glucuronic acid (MeGlcA) substituted xylooligosaccharides (XOS). AEs were similarly restricted in their action and apparently removed in most cases only one acetyl group from the non-reducing end of XOS, acting as exo-deacetylases. In contrast, AXEs completely deacetylated longer neutral XOS but had difficulties with the shorter ones. Complete deacetylation of neutral XOS was obtained after the combined action of AEs and AXEs. MeGlcA substituents partially restricted the action of both types of esterases and the remaining acidic XOS were mainly substituted with one MeGlcA and one acetyl group, supposedly on the same xylopyranosyl residue. These resisting structures were degraded to great extent only after inclusion of a-glucuronidase, which acted with the esterases in a synergistic manner. When used together with xylan backbone degrading endoxylanase and ß-xylosidase, both AE and AXE enhanced the hydrolysis of complex XOS equally.
    Two novel GH11 endo-xylanases from Myceliophthora thermophila C1 act differently toward soluble and insoluble xylans
    Gool, M.P. van; Muiswinkel, G.C.J. van; Hinz, S.W.A. ; Schols, H.A. ; Sinitsyn, A.P. ; Gruppen, H. - \ 2013
    Enzyme and Microbial Technology 53 (2013)1. - ISSN 0141-0229 - p. 25 - 32.
    chrysosporium-lucknowense - families - arabinoxylan - hydrolases
    Two novel GH11 endo-xylanases from Myceliophthora thermophila C1 (C1), Xyl7 and Xyl8, were purified and the influence of solubility and molecular structure of various xylans on their efficiency was investigated. Both endo-xylanases were hindered by a high degree of substitution of a xylan. The two GH11 xylanases released different products from the xylans, in which Xyl7 displayed a degradation product composition closer to GH10 xylanases. A correlation of the degradation product composition with a specific residue at position 163 in the amino acid sequence of Xyl8 is suggested: tyrosine in Xyl8; valine in Xyl7. This is confirmed with examples of various endo-xylanases reported in literature. The C1 GH11 xylanases were more efficient on self-associated xylan compared to C1 GH10 endo-xylanases and they released more small xylooligomers from these xylans. This is contrary to the general assumption that GH10 xylanases degrade xylans to a higher degree than GH11 xylanases
    Diversity in Production of Xylan-Degrading Enzymes Among Species Belonging to the Trichoderma Section Longibrachiatum
    Toth, K. ; Gool, M.P. van; Schols, H.A. ; Samuels, G.J. ; Gruppen, H. ; Szakacs, G. - \ 2013
    Bio Energy Research 6 (2013)2. - ISSN 1939-1234 - p. 631 - 643.
    wheat-flour arabinoxylan - industrial applications - h-1-nmr spectroscopy - aspergillus-awamori - beta-glucosidase - biofuels - reesei - fermentation - hypocrea - endo-beta-1,4-xylanases
    Xylan is an important part of plant biomass and represents a renewable raw material for biorefineries. Contrary to cellulose, the structure of hemicellulose is quite complex. Therefore, the biodegradation of xylan needs the cooperation of many enzymes. For industrial production of xylanase multienzyme complexes (cocktails) and selected monocomponent xylanases, different Trichoderma reesei mutants and recombinants are used. T. reesei QM 6a (wild-type parent of best existing mutants) was selected as a starting material in the 1960s when the modern in-depth analytical methods were not yet in use. Therefore, screening of fungi genetically close to T. reesei in biodegradation of xylan may have a scientific value. Fifteen different strains from Trichoderma section Longibrachiatum have been tested for extracellular xylan-degrading enzyme production on three carbon sources (wheat straw, corn fiber, and eucalyptus wood) in shake flask cultivation. The enzyme activities were evaluated by traditional colorimetric enzyme assays and by HPLC and matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Degradation of xylan was studied on four different xylan-rich model substrates. T. reesei CPK 155, Trichoderma parareesei TUB F-2535, and Trichoderma gracile TUB F-2543 isolates were equally good or better in degradation of the wheat arabinoxylan (WAX) and corn fiber alcohol insoluble solids as hydolysis substrates than the well-known T. reesei QM 6a and RUT C30 strains. Though Trichoderma saturnisporum ATCC 18903 gave relatively low volumetric enzyme activities by traditional colorimetric assays, it could release quite large amount of hydrolysis products (mono- and oligosaccharides) from WAX. Therefore, these fungi may be potential candidates for further experiments. Enzyme production on wheat straw and corn fiber carbon sources was more effective than on eucalyptus wood
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