Science in China Series C: Life Sciences

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 337–343 | Cite as

Cold adaptation of a mesophilic cellulase, EG III from Trichoderma reesei, by directed evolution

  • Zhizhuang Xiao
  • Pan Wang
  • Yinbo Qu
  • Peiji Gao
  • Tianhong Wang


Cold-active enzymes have received little research attention although they are very useful in industries. Since the structure bases of cold adaptation of enzymes are still unclear, it is also very difficult to obtain cold-adapted enzymes for industrial applications using routine protein engineering methods. In this work, we employed directed evolution method to randomly mutate a mesophilic cellulase, endoglucanase III (EG III) from Trichoderma reesei, and obtained a cold adapted mutant, designated as w-3. DNA sequence analysis indicates that w-3 is a truncated form of native EG III with a deletion of 25 consecutive amino acids at C-terminus. Further examination of enzymatic kinetics and thermal stability shows that mutant w-3 has a higher Kcat value and becomes Fmore thermolabile than its parent. In addition, activation energies of w-3 and wild type EG III calculated from Arrhenius equation are 13.3 kJ · molt-1 and 26.2 kJ · molt-1, respectively. Therefore, the increased specific activity of w-3 at lower temperatures could result from increased Kcat value and decreased activation energy.


cold adaptation directed evolution endoglucanase III Trichoderma reesei 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhizhuang Xiao
    • 1
  • Pan Wang
    • 1
  • Yinbo Qu
    • 1
  • Peiji Gao
    • 1
  • Tianhong Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Microbial TechnologyShandong UniversityJinanChina

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