Investigation of the active site of the extracellular β-D-glucosidase from Aspergillus carbonarius

Szilvia Jäger, L. Kiss

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Abstract

The catalytic amino acid residues of the extracellular β-D-glucosidase (β-D-glucoside glucohydrolase, EC 3.2.1.21) from Aspergillus carbonarius were investigated. The pH dependence curves gave apparent pK values of 2.8 and 5.93 for the free enzyme, and 2.24 and 6.14 for the enzyme-substrate complex using p-nitrophenyl-β-D-glucoside as substrate. Carbodiimide- and Woodward reagent K-mediated chemical modifications suggested that a carboxylate residue, located in the active centre, was fundamental in the catalysis. The pH dependence of inactivation revealed the involvement of a group with pK value of 4.61 in the modification reaction, proving that a carboxylate residue was modified. The A. carbonarius β-glucosidase was irreversibly inactivated by N-bromoacetyl-β-D-glucopyranosylamine. The active site specificity of the inactivation was proved by using the competitive inhibitor p-nitrophenyl-1-thio- β-D-glucopyranoside. pH Dependence studies of inactivation revealed that modification by N-bromoacetyl-β-D-glucopyranosylamine could be directed toward the carboxylate group acting as the catalytic nucleophile, as in the case of the carbodiimide and Woodward reagent K modifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-343
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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Aspergillus carbonarius
Glucosidases
Carbodiimides
glucosidases
Aspergillus
Glucosides
active sites
Catalytic Domain
inactivation
Nucleophiles
glucosides
Chemical modification
Substrates
Enzymes
Catalysis
enzyme substrates
beta-glucosidase
catalytic activity
Amino Acids
amino acids

Keywords

  • β-D-glucosidase
  • Affinity label
  • Aspergillus carbonarius
  • Chemical modification
  • N-bromoacetyl-β-D-glucopyranosylamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Plant Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Science
  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology

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Investigation of the active site of the extracellular β-D-glucosidase from Aspergillus carbonarius. / Jäger, Szilvia; Kiss, L.

In: World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vol. 21, No. 3, 04.2005, p. 337-343.

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