A thermostable chitinase was purified by chitin affinity from the culture supernatant of Bacillus cereus TKU028 with shrimp head powder (SHP) as the sole carbon/ nitrogen source. TKU028 chitinase was purified using a one-step affinity adsorbent system, and the molecular mass of TKU028 chitinase (approximately 40 kDa) was then determined using SDS-PAGE. The enzyme was stable for 60 min at temperatures below 60 °C and stable over a broad pH range of 4-9 for 60 min. In addition, the temporal changes of a bacterial community in mangrove river sediment of the Tamsui River with added SHP were also analysed by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis to investigate the effects of B. cereus TKU028 on the degradation of SHP. The 6-week incubation sample of SHP and B. cereus TKU028-amended mangrove river sediment displayed the highest amount of biomass, reducing sugar and total sugar, and some variance of bacterial community composition existed in the soils.
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