Thermal inactivation of saccharifying enzymes is a crucial issue for the efficient utilization of cellulosic biomass as a renewable resource. Cellobiohydrolases (CBHs) are a kind of cellulase. In general, CBHs belonging to glycoside hydrolase (GH) family 6 (Cel6) act synergistically with CBHs of GH family 7 (Cel7) and other carbohydrate-active enzymes during the degradation of cellulosic biomass. However, while the catalytic rate of enzymes generally becomes faster at higher temperatures, Cel6 CBHs are inactivated at lower temperatures than Cel7 CBHs, and this represents a limiting factor for industrial utilization. In this study, we produced a series of mutants of the glycoside hydrolase family 6 cellobiohydrolase Pc Cel6A from the fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium , and compared their thermal stability. Eight mutants from a random mutagenesis library and one rationally designed mutant were selected as candidate thermostable mutants and produced by heterologous expression in the yeast Pichia pastoris . Comparison of the hydrolytic activities at 50 and 60 °C indicated that the thermal stability of Pc Cel6A is influenced by the number and position of cysteine residues that are not involved in disulfide bonds.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of applied glycoscience|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|