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Type: Journal article
Title: Mutated Barley (1,3)-beta-D-Glucan Endohydrolases Synthesize Crystalline (1,3)-beta-D-Glucans
Author: Hrmova, M.
Imai, T.
Rutten, S.
Fairweather, J.
Pelosi, L.
Bulone, V.
Driguez, H.
Fincher, G.
Citation: Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2002; 277(33):30102-30111
Publisher: Amer Soc Biochemistry Molecular Biology Inc
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0021-9258
1083-351X
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Maria Hrmova, Tomoya Imai, Simon J. Rutten, Jon K. Fairweather, Ludovic Pelosi, Vincent Bulone, Hugues Driguez, and Geoffrey B. Fincher
Abstract: Barley (1,3)-beta-D-glucan endohydrolases (EC ), inactivated by site-directed mutagenesis of their catalytic nucleophiles, show autocondensation glucosynthetic activity with alpha-laminaribiosyl fluoride and heterocondensation glycosynthetic activity with alpha-laminaribiosyl fluoride and 4'-nitrophenyl beta-D-glucopyranoside. The native enzyme is a retaining endohydrolase of the family 17 group and catalyzes glycosyl transfer reactions at high substrate concentrations. Catalytic efficiencies (k(cat) K(m)(-1)) of mutants E231G, E231S, and E231A as glycosynthases are 28.9, 0.9, and 0.5 x 10(-4) m(-1) s(-1), respectively. Glycosynthase reactions appear to be processive and proceed with pH optima of 6-8 and yields of up to 75%. Insoluble products formed during the glycosynthase reaction appear as lamellar, hexagonal crystals when observed by electron microscopy. Methylation, NMR, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight analyses show that the reaction products are linear (1,3)-beta-D-glucans with a degree of polymerization of 30-34, whereas electron and x-ray diffraction patterns indicate that these (1,3)-beta-D-glucan chains adopt a parallel, triple helical conformation. The (1,3)-beta-D-glucan triple helices are orientated perpendicularly to the plane of the lamellar crystals. The barley (1,3)-beta-D-glucan glycosynthases have considerable potential for tailored and high efficiency synthesis of (1,3)-beta-D-linked oligo- and polysaccharides, some of which could have immunomodulating activity, or for the coupling of (1,3)-beta-D-linked glucosyl residues onto other oligosaccharides or glycoproteins.
Keywords: Hordeum; Glucans; Glycoside Hydrolases; beta-Glucans; DNA Primers; Microscopy, Electron; Crystallization; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization; Mutagenesis, Site-Directed; Base Sequence; Carbohydrate Sequence; Catalysis
Description: Copyright © 2002 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
RMID: 0020020632
DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M203971200
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