Enzymatic hydrolysis of lime-pretreated corn stover and investigation of the HCH-1 Model: Inhibition pattern, degree of inhibition, validity of simplified HCH-1 Model Academic Article uri icon


  • The inhibition pattern was identified for a reaction system composed of Trichoderma reesei cellulase enzyme complex and lime-pretreated corn stover. Also, the glucose inhibition effect was quantified for the aforementioned reaction system over a range of enzyme loadings and substrate concentrations. Lastly, the range of substrate concentrations and enzyme loadings were identified in which the linear form of the simplified HCH-1 Model is valid. The HCH-1 Model is a modified Michaelis-Menton Model with non-competitive inhibition and the fraction of insoluble substrate available to bind with enzyme. With a high enzyme loading, the HCH-1 Model can be integrated and simplified in such a way that sugar conversion is linearly proportional to the logarithm of enzyme loading. A wide range of enzyme loadings (0.25-50 FPU/g dry biomass) and substrate concentrations (10-100g/L) were investigated. All experiments were conducted with an excess cellobiase loading to ensure the experimental results were not influenced by cellobiose inhibition. A non-competitive inhibition pattern was identified for the corn stover-cellulase reaction system, thereby validating the assumptions of the HCH-1 Model. At a substrate concentration of 10 g/L, glucose inhibition parameters of 0.986 and 0.979 were measured for enzyme loadings of 2 FPU/g dry biomass and 50 FPU/g dry biomass, respectively. At 5 FPU/g dry biomass, glucose inhibition parameters of 0.985 and 0.853 were measured for substrate concentrations of 10 and 100g/L, respectively. The linear form of the HCH-1 Model predicted biomass digestibility for lime-pretreated corn stover over an enzyme loading range of 0.25-50 FPU/g dry biomass and substrate concentration range of 10-100g/L.

author list (cited authors)

  • O’Dwyer, J. P., Zhu, L. i., Granda, C. B., & Holtzapple, M. T.

citation count

  • 51

publication date

  • November 2007