A novel chitinase gene chiC of Clostridium paraputrificum M-21, a chitinolytic and hydrogen-gas-producing bacterium, was characterized along with its translated product. The chi18C gene encodes 683 amino acids (signal peptide included) with a deduced molecular weight of 74,651. Chi18C is a modular enzyme composed of a family-18 catalytic module of glycoside hydrolases, two reiterated modules of unknown function, and a family-12 carbohydrate-binding module. Recombinant Chi18C was active toward soluble and insoluble chitin preparations, and synthetic substrates such as 4-methylumbelliferyl-β-d-N-N′-N″-triacetylchitotriose, but not active toward 4-MU-N-acetylglucosamine or 4-MU-β-d-N-N′-diacetylchitobioside. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and immunological analyses suggested that the expression of chi18C was inducible with chitinous substrates and that Chi18C was secreted into the culture medium. A possible role of Chi18C in the chitinolytic system of C. paraputrificum M-21 is discussed.
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This study was in part carried out as part of “High Efficiency Bioenergy Conversion Project/Development of High Efficiency Hydrogen–Methane Processing,” which was entrusted by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). We thank Mr. M. Benson Wamalwa for critical reading of the manuscript.
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Morimoto, K., Yoshimoto, M., Karita, S. et al. Characterization of the third chitinase Chi18C of Clostridium paraputrificum M-21. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 73, 1106–1113 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-006-0582-4