A fusion enzyme consisting of bacterial expansin and endoglucanase for the degradation of highly crystalline cellulose

Kazunori Nakashima, Koji Endo, Naomi Shibasaki-Kitakawa, Toshikuni Yonemoto

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Abstract

We have prepared novel fusion enzymes consisting of Bacillus subtilis expansin EXLX1 and Clostridium thermocellum endoglucanase CelD. These two components are directly fused, or fused using flexible glycine-serine peptide linkers (GGGGS, GS linker) with different lengths: a triplicate (GGGGS)3 linker (GS3) and a sextuple (GGGGS)6 linker (GS6), resulting in fusion enzymes EXLX1-CelD, EXLX1-GS3-CelD and EXLX1-GS6-CelD. The binding ability and digestibility of these fusion enzymes towards a series of cellulose substrates with different crystallinity index (CrI) was examined. Fused with EXLX1, CelD acquired high binding ability to various kinds of cellulose and the linkaer length had no impact on function. In the degradation of cellulose, EXLX1-GS3-CelD exhibited the highest degradation activity among the fusion enzymes examined, suggesting that linker length between the two proteins has a significant impact on the activity of the fusion enzyme. EXLX1-GS3-CelD was found to function more effectively towards higher crystalline celluloses. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43815-43820
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Volume4
Issue number83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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