Decolorizing an anthraquinone dye by Phlebia brevispora: Intra-species characterization

Aslan Hwanhwi Lee, Yeongseon Jang, Gyu Hyeok Kim, Jae Jin Kim, Sung Suk Lee, Byoung Jun Ahn

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Remazol brilliant blue R (RBBR) is an anthraquinone dye derived from anthracene that is decolorized by a white rot fungus, Phlebia brevispora. Interestingly, P. brevispora produces two phenomena of yellowish and pinkish colors during the degradation of RBBR. Here, we characterized the decolorization of RBBR by P. brevispora. The fungus was significantly different between the two colors via UV spectrophotometry, and the morphology of the hyphae observed in the respective color culture was also entirely different. Moreover, both of the two ligninolytic enzymes, laccase and manganese-dependent peroxidase (MnP), were remarkably stimulated in the yellowish culture at the beginning of the decolorization. It is possible that the RBBR decolorizing mechanism might be primarily related to the amount of laccase and MnP produced in the yellowish culture. Thus, the decolorized color may be rapidly estimated at initial period of incubation. In addition, GeneFishing technology revealed that two genes were differentially expressed in yellowish culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-131
Number of pages7
JournalEngineering in Life Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 1


  • Differentially expressed gene
  • Ligninolytic enzyme
  • Phlebia brevispora KUC9045
  • Remazol brilliant blue R
  • White rot fungi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Bioengineering


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