Grasas y Aceites, Vol 68, No 2 (2017)

Enzymatic production of sterculic acid from the novel Phoenix tree seed oil: Optimization and kinetic study

X. Hou
Lipid Technology and Engineering, School of Food Science and Engineering, Henan University of Technology, China

S. Sun
Lipid Technology and Engineering, School of Food Science and Engineering, Henan University of Technology, China


Phoenix tree (Firmiana simplex) seed oil is a novel oil which is rich in sterculic acid. Sterculic acid, a cyclopropene fatty acid, can be used as the inhibitor of the stearoyl-CoA desaturase system and mammary carcinomas growth. In this work, Lipozyme TLIM-catalyzed hydrolysis of the novel Phoenix tree seed oil was used to prepare sterculic acid. High temperature GC-FID and the degree of hydrolysis (DH) were used to monitor the reaction progress. Effects of reaction variables on the hydrolysis were evaluated and optimized using response surface methodology. Results showed that sterculic acid can be successfully prepared from the novel seed oil, and the effect of reaction variables on the hydrolysis decreased in the order of reaction time > enzyme load > temperature. A high yield of fatty acids (DH, 98.2±0.8%) can be obtained under optimized conditions (45 ºC, mass ratio of water to oil 10:1, enzyme load 10%, and 18 h). The Arrhenius equation for the hydrolysis was LnV0 = 9.12-4721/T. The activation energy was 39.25KJ/mol. The kinetic values for Vmax, K/m were 0.232mol/(L∙min) and 0.084 mol/L, respectively.


Enzymatic hydrolysis; Kinetic; Lipozyme TLIM; Phoenix tree seed oil; Response surface methodology; Sterculic acid

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