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Extracellular expression of glucose inhibition-resistant Cellulomonas flavigena PN-120 β-glucosidase by a diploid strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

PMID 24217872


The catalytic fraction of the Cellulomonas flavigena PN-120 oligomeric β-glucosidase (BGLA) was expressed both intra- and extracellularly in a recombinant diploid of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, under limited nutrient conditions. The recombinant enzyme (BGLA¹⁵) expressed in the supernatant of a rich medium showed 582 IU/L and 99.4 IU/g dry cell, with p-nitrophenyl-β-D-glucopyranoside as substrate. BGLA¹⁵ displayed activity against cello-oligosaccharides with 2-5 glucose monomers, demonstrating that the protein is not specific for cellobiose and that the oligomeric structure is not essential for β-D-1,4-bond hydrolysis. Native β-glucosidase is inhibited almost completely at 160 mM glucose, thus limiting cellobiose hydrolysis. At 200 mM glucose concentration, BGLA¹⁵ retained more than 50 % of its maximal activity, and even at 500 mM glucose concentration, more than 30 % of its activity was preserved. Due to these characteristics of BGLA¹⁵ activity, recombinant S. cerevisiae is able to utilize cellulosic materials (cello-oligosaccharides) to produce bioethanol.