Author(s): Srisodsuk M, KlemanLeyer K, Kernen S, Kirk TK, Teeri TT, Srisodsuk M, KlemanLeyer K, Kernen S, Kirk TK, Teeri TT
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Abstract The endoglucanase I (EGI) and the cellobiohydrolase I (CBHI) of the filamentous fungus Trichoderma reesei form a homologous pair of cellulolytic enzymes which nevertheless have different modes of action. We show here that the action of CBHI on bacterial microcrystalline cellulose results in efficient solubilisation but only a slow decrease in its degree of polymerisation. In contrast, the action of EGI results in a rapid decrease of the degree of polymerisation but less efficient overall solubilisation of the substrate. CBHI alone was practically inactive toward cotton which has a high initial degree of polymerisation and a complex morphology. EGI rapidly reduced the degree of polymerisation of cotton, and slowly solubilised part of it. Working synergistically, EGI and CBHI solubilised cotton more rapidly and to a greater extent than EGI alone. Our data are consistent with the exoglucanase nature of CBHI and also provide some evidence supporting its processive mode of action.
This article was published in Eur J Biochem
and referenced in Journal of Bioprocessing & Biotechniques