Chia-Feng Wu1,2, ,Han Cheng3, Wen-Chang Chang2,
Ming-Chang Wu1* and Jen-Shinn Lin1*

1Department of Food Science, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung 91201, Taiwan (R.O.C.).
2Department of Medicinal Plant Development, Yupintang Traditional Chinese Medicine Foundation, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
3School of Health Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.


Commercial pecticenzymes (CPE) are used in the winemaking process to improvetheextraction of aromatic substancesandcolor and for the clarification of juices. These enzymes containpectinesterase(PE), which reacts with pectin in the process and catalyzesthe de-esterification ofpectin by the removal of the C-6 methoxygroupsof D-galacturonic acid to releasemethanol.Inthis study, cross-linked alcohol insoluble substance (CL-AIS) columns derived from pea pod 50% and 80% degree of esterification (DE) pectin were used to separate PE from otherpectinases.Results showed that by using the 80 DE column, PE (PE: 100 unit/mg; polygalacturonase (PG): 6.5 unit/mg; pectinlyase (PL): 82.4 unit/mg; purification fold: 4.8; recovery: 68%) is effectively separated from PL (PL: 445 unit/mg; PG: 8.3 unit/mg; purification fold: 6.7; recovery: 84.3%).Theenzymes were subsequently used to make orange wine to evaluate the effect of different enzymatic treatments on the release of methanol. Lower methanol concentrations throughout fermentation were observed in the enzymatic treatment without PE.

Keywords: Enzymatic treatment; Fermentation; HM-esterified CL-AIS; Methanol; Winemaking.


Sweet orange (Citrus sinensisOsbeck) is a citrus fruitmainly planted in the southwestern counties of Yunlin, Tainan, and Chiayiin Taiwan, with abundant production from November to January of the following year. Sweet oranges are a natural source of vitamins, flavonoids, and other health-promoting nutrients.

Typically, commercial pecticenzymes(CPE) added in the winemaking process include pectinesterase (PE), polygalacturonase (PG), and pectinlyase (PL)from Aspergillusniger. PE is responsible for removing the methoxylgroup from pectin, and PG and PL cleavethe bonds between galacturonate units (Bai et al. 2004; Jayani et al. 2005; Nedjma et al. 2001; Ortega et al. 2004; Piccoli et al. 2003). CPE play an important role in the winemaking process by improving extraction and filtration, thereby increasing the quality and yield, such as flavor, transmittance, and viscosity. However, CPE are limited as they lead to high methanol content in some wine products (Blanco et al. 1997; Cinar 2005; Jayani et al. 2005; Kashyap et al. 2001).

Methanol is produced as a result of the hydrolysis of methyl ester groups in pectin by PE, which is present in most alcoholic beverages (e.g., wine and beer) and unpackaged juice(Massiot et al. 1994; Revilla and Gonzilez-Sanjos 1998). Methanol is poisonous to the central nervous system, possibly resulting in blindness, coma, and death (Cabaroglu 2005). The legal limit for naturally occurring methanol to prevent danger to public health in Taiwan is2000 mg of methanol/L of ethanol for red wine and 1000 mg of methanol/L of ethanol for other alcoholic beverages in Taiwan, whereas the EU has stipulated a limit of 10 g of methanol/L of ethanol. Hence, the inhibition of methanol production is recommended in the winemaking process.

Alcohol-insoluble substances (AISs) are composed of fiber, hemicellulose, lignin, and pectin. AIS undergoesmethylesterificationto obtain a highly methoxylated cross-linked alcohol-insoluble solid(HM-CL-AIS), which has been reported to purify PE (Inoue et al. 1984; Klockeman et al. 1991; Mahmood et al. 1998; McKougall et al. 1996; Mudadi and Isbella 1996; Rushing and Huber 1990). Hence, HM-CL-AIS isused to remove PE and isolate PL and PG from CPE for low methanol production. In this study, PE, PG, and PL were separated from CPEusing an HM-CL-AIS affinity column. The separated enzymes were added to orange for comparing the effects of separation on physicochemical properties during the winemaking process and the decrease of methanol content in wine.

Materials and Methods

CPE from a microbial source, i.e., wine yeast RA-17 (S. cerevisiae), was purchased from Lallemand Australia Pty. Ltd., (North Adelaide, Australia). Sweet orange (Citrussinensis) was purchased from a local supermarket in Pingtung County in Taiwan. Methanol was purchased from Sigma (St. Louis, MO). Polygalacturonic acid was purchased from Fluka (Buchs, Switzerland). Ethanol (95%) was purchased from Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation, Pingtung,Taiwan.

Preparation of alcohol insoluble solids (AIS)
First, the pea pods were washed with 95% ethanol and ether. The residues thus obtained were dried overnight at room temperature, ground in a mill, and stored in a desiccator.

Preparation of CL-AIS
AIS was mixed with 40% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), 40 mL of epichlorohydrin, and 50 mL of 5N NaOH in an Erlenmeyer flask, followed by shaking for 2 h (120 rpm, 40 °C) and filtration. According to a previous study (Inoue et al. 1984), to prepare CL-AIS, the solids thus obtained were washed with distilled water, 90% ethanol, and acetone, followed by drying overnight at room temperature. The CL-AIS yield was 30.2%.

Preparation of HM-CL-AIS
First, CL-AIS was slowly mixed by cooling 2L of 2Nmethanol (4°C). Second, the mixture was stirred in a cold room for 6 days for methoxylation, followed by washing several times with methanol and rinsing several times with 80% acetone to remove the free methanol.In a previous study (Monsooret al. 2001), HM-CL-AIS with degrees of esterification (DE) of 50%and 80%have been investigated.After drying overnight at room temperature, the powder (HM-CL-AIS) obtained was stored in a desiccator until use.

HM-CL-AIS chromatography

First, 10 g of HM-CL-AIS (50DE or 80DE) and 0.2 mL of CPE were applied on an HM-CL-AIS chromatography column (2.5 cm ´ 20 cm; flow rate, 30 mL/h) for separation. The HM-CL-AIS column was equilibrated with 0.01N of citrate buffer (pH 4) and eluted with the same buffer at a gradient of 0–1 M NaCl for the separation of PG, PL, and PE. Liquid (4 mL) was collected in 128 tubes and assayed for activities of PG, PL, and PE.

Preparation of polyacrylamide gel for electrophoresis
Acrylamide gel was prepared with 12.5% of resolving gel and 4.5% of stacking gel,and a 10% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) solution was used to concentrate and precipitate diluted samples from the phases. Electrophoresis was carried out at 110 V and 36 mA for 75 min. The protein band was observed with the Coomassiebrilliant blue stain(Mehrnoush et al. 2013).

Protein assay
The protein content in the samples was determined using a Bio-Rad Protein Assay kit using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the standard. The samples werehomogeneously mixed with a dyereagent (1:4 v/v) at room temperature for 10 min. The absorbance was measured at 595 nm against a blank (Mehrnoush et al. 2013).

PE activity assay
PE activity was determined according to a previously described method (Wu et al. 2007). Twenty milliliters of 0.1 M NaCl and a 0.5% citrus pectin (DE 60–66%) solution, adjusted to pH 6.5 before assay, were added to 1 mL of the PE solution. PE activity was determined by the titration (PH-Stat Controller PHM-290, Radiometer, Copenhagen, Denmark)of the free protons dissociated from the free carboxyl groups formed as a result of PE activity (PE unit = 1 M COOH/min).

PG activity assay
PG activity (PG unit = 1 mM galacturonic acid/min) was assayed by evaluating the hydrolysis of the reducing group from citrus pectin by the 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid (DNS) reagent assay according to previously reported studies (Dinu et al. 2007) with some modifications. A total of 0.8 mL of 0.3% DE (60–66%) in 0.2 M acetate buffer (pH4.0) and a 0.2 mL enzyme solution were treated at 37 °C for 30 min, and the reaction was stopped in a boiling water bath for 5 min, followed by monitoring the absorbance of the resulting coloredmixture at 540 nm.

PL activity assay
PL activity (PL unit = increase in absorbance/min) was determined according to previously reported studies (Dinu et al. 2007) with some modifications. PL activity was measured by investigatingthe increase in absorbance at 235 nm for the reaction containing 0.2 mL of 10 mMTris-HCl buffer (pH8), 0.2 mM CaCl2 with 0.5% DE (90–93%), and 0.2 mL of enzyme at 40°C for 1h.

Preparation of wine
Skin was removed from oranges and crushed into musts (7.5kg). Second, sucrose and sodiumpyrosulfite were added to reach 24 °Brix and 100 ppm (as SO2). The experiment was divided into five groups: (i) control group: without the addition of external enzyme; (ii) CPE: with CPE per liter of wine (containing PE: 10 IU, PG: 2.4 IU, PL: 32 IU); (iii) PE group: with a partially purified PE solution (containing PE: 20 IU, PG:1.2 IU, PL: 15 IU); (iv) PL-1X group: with a partially purified PL solution (containing PL: 32 IU, PG: 0.56 IU); and (v) PL-3X group: with a partially purified PL solution (containing PL: 96 IU, PG: 1.68 IU). Wine yeast RA-17 (0.25 g) was activated in water at 40–45°C for 10 min, added to orange musts, and fermented at room temperature (25  ± 2 °C) for 15 days. The sample was kept at 0, 3,5,7, 9, 12, and 15 days to determine the change in physicochemical properties and then centrifuged at 13,000´g for 20 min at 4°C.

Determination of specific gravity
Specific gravities of semi-products and wines weredetermined according to the method described by AOAC (1984), todetermine the specific gravity of semi-products and wines at 20 ° C

Determination of the total soluble solids
A hand-held refractometer (N-1E, Atago, Tokyo, Japan) was used to determine the TSS (as ° Brix) of semi-products and wines by AOAC (1984). The refractometer was adjusted with distilled water each time before use.

Determination of pH
Wine during fermentation was separated by centrifugation (13000 ´g, 2 min) to determine the pH at room temperature (AOAC 1984).

Determination of citric acidity
Distilled water (20 mL) was added to wine (5 mL) and mixed, and the pH was decreased to 8.1 with 0.1 N NaOH. Citric acid was used as the standard(AOAC 1984).

Determination of color
The CIE color parameters [L (whiteness), a (redness to greenness), and b (yellowness to blueness)] of the sample were determined using a colorimeter (HunterLab Color Quest XE, HunterLab, Reston, Virginia).

Determination of methanol and ethanol
Changes in the methanol and ethanol concentration in samples were determined according to a previously described method(Wang et al. 2004) with some modifications. First, the wine samples were centrifuged and then filtered using a 0.45-μm membrane filter (Millipore, Concord, MA) for GC determination. Methanol and ethanol concentrations were analyzed on a Trace 2000 GC (ThermoQuest, Milan, Italy), equipped with a computer integrator software (Chrom-Card version 4.01 for Trace GC, ThermoQuest, Milan, Italy), a flame ionization detector (H2: 30 mL/min and air: 300 mL/min), and a 30 m CP-Wax 52 CB megaborecapillary column (i.d. of 0.53 mm and a film thickness of 1.5 mm; ChromPack, Palo Alto, CA). The flow of nitrogen was set at 5 mL/min. The temperatures of the injector port and detector were set at 210 and 280 °C, respectively. The oven temperature was controlled by a temperature elevation program during analysis, which was initially set at 40 °C for 4 min, elevated to 230 °C at a rate of 40 °C/min, and maintained for 1 min.

Statistical analysis
Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 13.0statisticalsoftwareprogram (SPSS Inc., IL, USA). Triplicate samples were analyzed twice. The difference between the means was analyzed by Duncan’s multiple range tests.


Isolation of PL on HM-CL-AIS columns
In an HM-CL-AIS column, protein purification is achieved on the basis of the specific affinity between pectin and pectinases. To determine the effect of 50 DE and 80 DE HM-CL-AIS columns on pectinase purification, CPEs were loaded on the columns, and eluted fractions of samples were obtained by washing with 0 to 1 M NaCl. In the 50 DE column, PE activity was observed in fractions 70–88, PG activity was observed in fractions 26–55 and 70–108, and maximum PL activity was observed in fractions 78–108 (Fig. 1a). Thus, the 50 DE column does not completely separate PE, PG, and PL. On the other hand, using the 80 DE column, PE activity (including PG activity) was detected in fractions 25–37 in the absence of NaCl, whereas PL activity (including PG activity) was detected in fractions 75–115 with the addition of 0 to 1 M NaCl (Fig. 1b).

Fig. 1. Elution profiles of CPE (PE, PG, and PL) from 50 DE and 80 DE CL-AIS columns and SDS-PAGE pattern of protein fractions. (a) 50 DE and (b) 80 DE CL-AIS columns (2.5 cm ´ 20 cm) were eluted with 0.01 M citrate buffer, and  the absorbances of protein (dark blue), PE (light blue), PG (pink), and PL (yellow) activity was measured at 280 nm. (c) SDS-PAGE protein bands: lane 1: molecular-weight marker; lane 2: CPE; lane 3: 50 DE CL-AIS column fractions (including PE, PG, and PL); and lane 4: 80 DE CL-AIS column fractions  (including PG and PL).

Results from SDS-PAGE analysis revealed that the 80 DE column achieves excellent purification with no impurity (Fig. 1c). Table 1 summarizes the calculated data for the purification effect of PE, PG, and PL. PL obtained from the 80 DE column exhibited 6.7 purification fold, with a yield of 84.3% (Table 1c). Hence, by changing the degree of esterification of the CL-AIS affinity columns, CPE comprising PE, PG, and PL is separated and used in the winemaking experiment.

Table 1. Purification of (a) PG, (b) PE, and (c) PL from commercial pectinolytic enzymes using 50 DE and 80 DE CL-AIS columns

Types Total activity (U) Total protein (mg) Specific activity (U/mg) Purification fold Yield (%)
Commercial pectinolytic enzyme 50 2.4 20.8 1 100
50DE-CL-AIS 34 0.34 100 4.8 68


Types Total activity (U) Total protein (mg) Specific activity (U/mg) Purification fold Yield (%)
Commercial pectinolytic enzyme 12 2.4 5 1 100
50DE-CL-AIS 2.2 0.34 6.5 1.3 18.3
80DE-CL-AIS 2.5 0.3 8.3 1.6 20.8


Types Total activity (U) Total protein (mg) Specific activity (U/mg) Purification fold Yield (%)
Commercial pectinolytic enzyme 160 2.4 66.7 1 100
50DE-CL-AIS 28 0.34 82.4 1.2 17.5
80DE-CL-AIS 133.5 0.3 450 6.7 84.3


Changes in the quality parameters of orange wine during fermentation
Purified pectic enzymes were subsequently used in making orange wine to determine whether the methanol content in orange wine is decreased by CPE without PE. Results from the analysis of the physicochemical properties of orange wine indicated no significant difference between the treatment groups with respect to specific gravity, TSS, and ethanol content (Fig. 2). Specific gravity was approximately 1.1 on Day 0, which gradually decreased to 0.996 at the end of fermentation (Fig. 2a). As shown in Fig. 2b, the TSS decreased from ~25 (on Day 0) to 10 at the end of the fermentation process. The ethanol concentration reached 11% on Day 15 (Fig. 2c). In this study, the titratable acidity in orange wine increased sharply at the beginning of fermentation until it stabilized on Day 9, and no significant difference was observed thereafter between the groups (Fig. 2d). The pH levels were similar among the groups:thepH decreased with progress of fermentation, and the final pH values were 3.90–3.95 (Fig. 2e). The color of the groups also changed during fermentation. In Table 2, the whiteness of CPE, PE (including PG and PL activity), PL-1X (including PG activity), and PL-3 (including PG activity) treatment significantly increased on Day 3 and increased continuously with time. On Day 15, the wine samples prepared with the addition of pectic enzymes exhibited significantly higher L values than the control; the highest increase in whiteness was exhibited in wines with added CPE and PL-3X. The b values of wine prepared with pectic enzymes were significantly greater than the control, with the PL-3X (including PG activity) samples exhibiting the highest value.

Fig. 2. Effect of control, CPE, PE (including PG and PL), and PL (including PG) treatments on (a) specific gravity, (b) total soluble solids (°Brix), (c) ethanol concentration (%), (d) titratable acidity, and (e) pH during the fermentation of orange wine

Table 2. Analysis of control, CPE, PE (including PG and PL), and PL (including PG) on Hunter L, a, and b values during the fermentation of orange wine

(a) L Value

Day Control CPE PE PL-1X PL-3X
0 1.53 ± 0.03a 1.53 ± 0.03a 1.53 ± 0.03a 1.53 ± 0.03a 1.53 ± 0.03a
3 53.21 ± 0.44e 68.94 ± 0a 57.29 ± 1.48d 60.98 ± 0c 64.11 ± 0.05b
6 68.34 ± 0.08b 71.93 ± 0.07a 69.28 ± 2.67b 64.25 ± 0.85c 64.68 ± 0.2c
9 67.96 ± 0.01d 72.74 ± 0.58a 71.64 ± 0.52b 71.46 ± 0.27b,c 70.88 ± 0.2c
12 68.7 ± 0.01b 72.91 ± 0.17a 72.68 ± 1.14a 72.08 ± 0.1a 73.08 ± 0.18a
15 69.62 ± 0.01c 76.32 ± 0.63a 73.62 ± 0.28b 73.65 ± 0.7b 75.58 ± 0.1a

(b) a Value

Day Control CPE PE PL-1X PL-3X
0 1.17 ± 0.05a 1.17 ± 0.05a 1.17 ± 0.05a 1.17 ± 0.05a 1.17 ± 0.05a
3 4.36 ± 0.59a 3.993 ± 0.025a,b 2.98 ± 0.03c 3.71 ± 0.006b 3.79 ± 0.01b
6 4.3 ± 0.01e 4.78 ± 0.02c 4.86 ± 0.02b 5.04 ± 0.033a 4.47 ± 0.01b
9 4.75 ± 0.01c 5.34 ± 0.02a 5.02 ± 0.22b 4.76 ± 0.02c 4.7 ± 0.02c
12 5.21 ± 0.57a 4.74 ± 0.02a,b 4.82 ± 0.01a,b 4.49 ± 0.01b 4.71 ± 0.012b
15 4.81 ± 0.01a 4.73 ± 0.01d 4.75 ± 0.005c 4.78 ± 0.006b 4.55 ± 0.006e

(c) b Value

Day Control CPE PE PL-1X PL-3X
0 26.81 ± 0.02a 26.81 ± 0.02a 26.81 ± 0.02a 26.81 ± 0.02a 26.81 ± 0.02a
3 15.92 ± 0.03d 16.22 ± 0.02c 21.51 ± 0.06a 17.73 ± 0.03b 16.28 ± 0.015c,d
6 16.33 ± 0.01d 16.26 ± 0.05e 16.8 ± 0.02b 17.3 ± 0.02a 16.57 ± 0.01c,d
9 16.64 ± 0.05d 16.9 ± 0.26c 17.41 ± 0.03a 17.13 ± 0.02b 16.83 ± 0.02c,d
12 16.91 ± 0.02a 17.54 ± 1.14a 17.14 ± 0.02a 16.61 ± 0.02a 17.26 ± 0.01a
15 17.00 ± 0.02e 17.64 ± 0.02c 17.23 ± 0.01d 17.83 ± 0.04b 18.88 ± 0.04a

a-e Different letters in the same row represent data that are significantly different (p < 0.05).

In Figure 3a, the total pectin content in all the treatment groups containing pectic enzymes wasin the range of 0.06–0.07, less than that observed for the control(0.15). However, no significant difference was observed between the enzymatic treatment groups. The total pectin amount decreased with progress of fermentation.

Fig. 3. Effect of control, CPE, PE (including PG and PL), and PL (including PG) on (a) total pectin, (b) DE (%), (c) methanol concentration (%), and (d) recovery during the fermentation of orange wine. a-d: Different letters in the same row represent data that are significantly different (p < 0.05).Superscript a represents data for 15 days of fermentation of the control, CPE, 2PE, PL-1X, and PL-3X

Figure 3b shows the results obtained from the titration-based measurements of DE (%). A significantly lower DE was observed with the CPE 34% and PE 26% groups than the remaining treatment groups, the PE group exhibiting the lowest DE. The methanol concentration was also evaluated to determine the effect of different enzymatic treatments on methanol release during fermentation, where the enzymes used in making orange wine, i.e. PE (including PG activity) and PL (including PG activity), were purified using 50 DE and 80 DE CL-AIS columns, respectively. Figure 3c shows the results. The methanol concentration in wine prepared with PL was similar to that in the control. On the other hand, a methanol concentration of 60 ppm after CPE treatment was observed at the end of fermentation. The methanol concentration was 85 ppm after PE treatment, where the PE activity was twice that obtained after the CPE treatment; hence, a 1.4-fold increase in methanol production (as compared to the CPE treatment) is observed.

Enzymatic treatment recovery ranges from 49% to 54%, which led to a higher recovery percentage than the control (44%), with no significant difference between the CPE and PL-3X treatment groups (Fig. 3d). Pectin is degraded by pectic enzymes, converting the polygalacturonic acid chains to simple sugars because of PG and PL, thereby increasing product recovery (Kashyap et al. 2001).


In the isolation of PL on HM-CL-AIS columns, PE is effectively separated from PL using the 80 DE column. The experimental results are differentfrompreviously reported results (Wu et al. 2005). We isolated PE and PL on an HM-CL-AIS column. Although PE was not adsorbed on the 80 DE column, it was adsorbed on the 50 DE column, whereas PL was isolated from the 80 DE column.Both PE and PL would be used in wine making in the latter part of this study. PL obtained from the 80 DE column exhibited 6.7-foldpurification,greater than that reported previously (Wu et al. 2005) (5.4 fold).

The quality parameters of orange wine during fermentation, i.e. those obtained from the analysis of the physicochemical properties of orange wine indicated no significant difference between the treatment groups in terms of specific gravity, TSS, and ethanol content. During fermentation, the TSS decreased due to the ability of yeast to produce ethanol during fermentation using reducing sugar from pectin as the carbon source; hence, ethanol concentration increases with time (Nevoigt 2008). According to Faquembergue and Grassin, the use of pectic enzymes in wine preparation facilitated the formation of polygalacturonicacidsandtitratable acid. Therefore, the titratableaciditysharply increased at the beginning of fermentation,whilethe pH levels decreased.

Color significantly affectstheconsumers’ perception of product appearance and quality. Hence, the color of each orange wine sample is measured using a HunterLab Color Quest XE colorimeter. Color was measured by detecting the intensity of light passing through a sample, expressed by Hunter values of L, a, and b. The L value refers to the whiteness of the sample, with 0 and 100 representing black and white, respectively. The positive and negative a values indicate the intensities of the red and green colors, respectively. Positive and negative b values represent the intensities of the yellow and blue colors, respectively. During the production of orange wine, the whiteness of the wine increases with progress of fermentation because of the presence of pectic enzymes, which clarify the juices by degrading pectic substances and producing clear orange wine (Blanco et al. 1997; Cinar 2005; Jayani et al. 2005; Kashyap et al. 2001). The intensity of yellowness in the orange wine prepared with pectic enzymes was greater than that exhibited by the control, showing greater resemblance to the color of an orange fruit (Fan et al. 2009).

The total pectin contentsofall the treatment groups containing pectic enzymes were less than that observed for the control. Pectic substances are heterogeneous polysaccharides present in higher plants, which contribute to the firmness of plant tissue (Kapoor et al. 2000). These substances are predominantly composed of polygalacturonic acid chains with α(1–4)-glycosidic linkages of D-galactopyranosyluronic acid units, with neutral sugars (e.g., L-rhamnose, L-arabinose, D-glucose, and D-galactose) connected to the backbone as side chains. PE catalyzes the cleavage of the methoxy group in pectin, releasing methanol and decreasing the DE of pectic substances. On the other hand, PG cleaves the α(1–4)-glycosidic bonds to yield D-galactopyranosyluronic acid (Gummadi and Panda 2003). In HM-esterified pectin, PL cleaves the α(1–4)-glycosidic bonds adjacent to the methyl ester group via α-elimination, forming a double bond (Jayani et al. 2005). This observation indicates that pectin hydrolysis is primarily dependent on PG and PL.

The CPEand PE groups showed lower DE than the remaining treatment groups, the PE group exhibiting the lowest DE. The association was because both groups contain PE, a pectic enzyme that liberates galacturonic acids by the cleavage of methyl ester linkages at C-6 of HM-esterified pectin (Massiot et al. 1994; Revilla and Gonzilez-Sanjos 1998). In contrast, no significant difference was observed among PL-1X, PL-3X, and the control as PL utilizes α-elimination to catalyze pectin hydrolysis (Jayani et al. 2005).

The CPEand PE groups showed higher methanol concentration than the remaining treatment groups, the PE group exhibiting the highest methanol concentration. The PL-1X and PL-3X groups show lowest methanol concentration, same as that of the control groups. This observation reflects the previously stated actions of pectic enzymes: PE is one of the main factors responsible for producing methanol using CPE, and the release of methanol from orange wine significantly decreases upon removal of PE (Massiot et al. 1994; Revilla and Gonzilez-Sanjos 1998).

The enzymatic treatments show higher recovery rates than the control, with no significant difference between the CPE and PL-3X treatment groups. Pectin is degraded by pectic enzymes, the polygalacturonic acid chains being converted to simple sugars because of PG and PL, thereby enhancing product recovery (Kashyap et al. 2001).

In conclusion, Fruit wines and distilled fruit wines in the wine market contain methanol, which is produced when pectin from the pulp reacts with PE from the added CPE, and the reaction catalyzes the de-esterification of the methyl ester linkages to release methanol. CPE are important in the winemaking process because they improve the extraction of color and aromatic compounds and filtration of musts, as well as enhance the clarity and yield of juice. Hence,winemakerstypically add CPE in the winemaking process; however, using CPE, the concentration of methanol in the final product might exceed the acceptable level. Hence, the application of 80 DE CL-AIS column is investigated for the self-separation of PE from CPE. Results suggested that the column removes PE and the remaining pecticenzymes, which are subsequently used in making orange wine, and the release of methanol decreases as fermentation progresses. Moreover, enzymatic treatment without PE activity resulted in brightness, clarity, and product recovery, comparable to those obtained using CPE; hence, 80 DE CL-AIS columns demonstrate potential for use in commercial applicationsofthewinemaking industry.


I would like to thank Yupintang Traditional Chinese Medicine Foundation, who gave me the opportunity to join their team as an intern, as well as access to laboratory and research facilities. Without their immense support, it would not be possible to conduct this research.This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


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