Adsorption and activity of Trichoderma reesei cellobiohydrolase I, endoglucanase II, and the corresponding core proteins on steam pretreated willow

Pia Kotiranta, Johan Karlsson, Matti Siika-aho, J. Medve, Liisa Viikari, Folke Tjerneld, Maija Tenkanen (Corresponding Author)

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The adsorption and the hydrolytic action of purified cellulases of Trichoderma reesei, namely, cellobiohydrolase I (CBH I), endoglucanase II (EG II), and their core proteins, on steam-pretreated willow were compared. The two enzymes differed clearly in their adsorption and hydrolytic behavior. CBH I required the cellulose-binding domain (CBD) for efficient adsorption and hydrolysis, whereas EG II was able to adsorb to steam pretreated willow without its CBD. Absence of the CBD decreased the hydrolysis of cellulose by EG II, but the decrease was less pronounced than with CBH I. A linear relationship was observed between the amount of enzyme adsorbed and the degree of hydrolysis of cellulose only for CBHI. EG II and EG II core appeared to be able to hydrolyze only 1 to 2% of the substrate regardless of the amount of protein adsorbed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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