Characterization of recombinant yeast exo-β-1,3-glucanase (Exg 1p) expressed in Escherichia coli cells

Kanako Suzuki, Tomio Yabe, Yutaka Maruyama, Keietsu Abe, Tasuku Nakajima

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Yeast exo-β-1,3-glucanase gene (EXG1) was expressed in Escherichia coli and the recombinant enzyme (Exg1p) was characterized. The recombinant Exglp had an apparent molecular mass of 45 kDa by SDS-PAGE and the enzyme has a broad specificity for β1,3-linkages as well as β-1,6-linkages, and also for other ß-glucosidic linked substrates, such as cellobiose and pNPG. Kinetic analyses indicate that the enzyme prefers small substrates such as laminaribiose, gentiobiose, and pNPG rather than polysaccharide substrates, such as laminaran or pustulan. With a high concentration of laminaribiose, the enzyme catalyzed transglucosidation forming laminarioligosaccharides. The enzyme was strongly inhibited with high concentrations of laminaran.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1310-1314
Number of pages5
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun


  • Exo-β-1,3-glucanase gene (EXG 1)
  • Recombinant exo-β-1,3-glucanase (Exg1p)
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae


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