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The PT/S-Box of Modular Cellulase AcCel12B Plays a Key Role in the Hydrolysis of Insoluble Cellulose

Key Laboratory for Molecular Enzymology & Engineering of the Ministry of Education, School of Life Science, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
Department of Bioengineering, Jilin Agricultural Science and Technology University, Jilin 132101, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(3), 123;
Received: 24 February 2018 / Revised: 10 March 2018 / Accepted: 11 March 2018 / Published: 20 March 2018
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Cellulases play key roles in the degradation of lignocellulosic materials. The function and mechanism of the catalytic domain (CD) and carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) of cellulases were earlier revealed by analysis and characterization of protein structure. However, understanding of the catalytic mechanism of the entire enzyme, and the analysis of the catalytic model, were inadequate. Therefore, the linker chain between CD and CBM has been extensively studied to bridge this gap. Cellulase AcCel12B and three mutants with different linker lengths (with no or 1–3 PT/S-box units) were successfully constructed and purified. Results showed that the activity of cellulases on Avicel and regenerated amorphous cellulose (RAC) increased with the number of PT/S-box units. Furthermore, the desorption of AcCel12B and its mutants from RAC and Avicel were significantly different. The energy of desorption of wild-type and mutant AcCel12B from cellulose decreased with the number of PT/S-box units. Thus, AcCel12B containing more PT/S-box units was more easily desorbed and had more opportunity to hydrolyze cellulose than other samples. The number of PT/S-box units in endocellulase affected the desorption of the enzyme, which is possibly responsible for the differences in the activity of wild-type and mutant AcCel12B on Avicel and RAC. View Full-Text
Keywords: cellulase; linker; cellulose; PT/S-Box cellulase; linker; cellulose; PT/S-Box

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Li, Y.; Wang, J.; Wang, L.; Tong, H.; Bu, M.; Gao, G.; Han, W.; Zhang, Z. The PT/S-Box of Modular Cellulase AcCel12B Plays a Key Role in the Hydrolysis of Insoluble Cellulose. Catalysts 2018, 8, 123.

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