Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 113, Issue 1–3, pp 233–250 | Cite as

Properties of a recombinant β-glucosidase from polycentric anaerobic fungus Orpinomyces PC-2 and its application for cellulose hydrolysis

  • Xin-Liang LiEmail author
  • Lars G. Ljungdahl
  • Eduardo A. Ximenes
  • Huizhong Chen
  • Carlos R. Felix
  • Michael A. Cotta
  • Bruce S. Dien


A β-glucosidase (BglA, EC gene from the polycentric anaerobic fungus Orpinomyces PC-2 was cloned and sequenced. The enzyme containing 657 amino acid residues was homologous to certain animal, plant, and bacterial β-glucosidases but lacked significant similarity to those from aerobic fungi. Neither cellulose- nor protein-binding domains were found in BglA. When expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the enzyme was secreted in two forms with masses of about 110 kDa and also found in two forms associated with the yeast cells. K m and V max values of the secreted BglA were 0.762 mM and 8.20 µmol/(min·mg), respectively, with p-nitrophenyl-β-d-glucopyranoside (pNPG) as the substrate and 0.310 mM and 6.45 µmol/(min·mg), respectively, for the hydrolysis of cellobiose. Glucose competitively inhibited the hydrolysis of pNPG with a K i of 3.6 mM. β-Glucosidase significantly enhanced the conversion of cellulosic materials into glucose by Trichoderma reesei cellulase preparations, demonstrating its potential for use in biofuel and feedstock chemical production.

Index Entries

Cellulose cellulase β-glucosidase Orpinomyces cellobiase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin-Liang Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lars G. Ljungdahl
    • 2
  • Eduardo A. Ximenes
    • 3
  • Huizhong Chen
    • 4
  • Carlos R. Felix
    • 3
  • Michael A. Cotta
    • 1
  • Bruce S. Dien
    • 1
  1. 1.Fermentation Biotechnology Research UnitNational Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, USDA/ARSPeoria
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Center for Biological Resource Recovery, Life Science BuildingUniversity of GeorgiaAthens
  3. 3.Laboratorio de Enzimlogia, Departamento de Biologia CelularUniversidade de BrasiliaAsa Norte, Brasilia-DFBrazil
  4. 4.Division of MicrobiologyNational Center for Toxicological Research, US Food and Drug AdministrationJefferson

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