For the beneficial pharmacological properties of resveratrol, there is increasingly interest in enzymatic conversion of polydatin to resveratrol. The metagenomic technique provides an effective strategy for mining novel polydatin-hydrolysis enzymes from uncultured microorganisms. In this study, a metagenomic library of mangrove soil was constructed and a novel β-glucosidase gene MlBgl was isolated. The deduced amino acid sequences of MlBgl showed the highest identity of 64% with predicted β-glucosidase in the GenBank database. The gene was cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli
BL21(DE3). Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) assay demonstrated the purified recombinant β-glucosidase r-MlBgl with a molecular weight approximately of 71 kDa. The optimal pH and temperature of purified recombinant r-MlBgl were 7.0 and 40 °C, respectively. r-MlBgl could hydrolyze polydatin effectively. The kcat
values for polydatin were 989 s−1
and 1476 mM−1
, respectively. These properties suggest that -r-MlBgl has potential application in the enzymatic conversion of polydatin to resveratrol for further study.
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