Properties of the endogenous cellulase from Panesthia cribrata Saussure and purification of major endo-β-1, 4-glucanase components

Department of Biochemistry, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Impact Factor: 3.45). 03/1994; 24(3):223-231. DOI: 10.1016/0965-1748(94)90001-9


The cellulase of Panesthia cribrata consists of at least six endo-β-1,4-glucanase (EC and two β-glucosidase (EC components. The two major endo-β-1,4-glucanase components, named EG1 and EG2, comprise 13% of the soluble protein in the foregut and midgut contents. They were purified by a combination of gel chromatography and ion-exchange FPLC and had Mr of 53,600 and 48,800, respectively. With carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) the Km and Vmax values for EG1 and 9.4 mg/ml and 22.2 mg reducing sugar/min/mg protein; the corresponding values for EG2 were 6.8 and 88.3l. Values for Km, Vmax and kcat were also calculated for activity against cellotetraose and cellopentaose. Neither component hydrolysed cellobiose or cellotriose. The relative activities of EG1 and EG2 against CMC and microcrystalline cellulose Sigmacell Type 20 were 5200:1 and 3500:1. It is proposed that the inefficiency of EG1 and EG2 is compensated for by their secretion in large amounts into the gut. Four minor endo-β-1,4-glucanase components, comprising between 4 and 10% of the endo-β-1,4-glucanase activity were also present but could not be separated from the β-glucosidase components and therefore were not characterised. There were two β-glucosidase components, named GD1 and GD2, which were partially purified and characterised. The Km for GD1, the major component, was 10.6 mM with . Km values were also determined for both components with cellodextrins ranging from cellobiose to cellopentaose. GD1 was competitively inhibited by gluconon-δ-1, 5-lactone (Ki = 0.33 mM) but was unaffected by glucose at physiological concentrations. Neither component was active against crystalline cellulose or CMC.

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    • "β-glucosidase releases glucose from the non-reducing end of cellobiose or oligomers (Watanabe and Tokuda, 2010). Endo-β-1,4-glucanases from some arthropods, however, have both endocellulase and exocellulase activities (Scrivener and Slaytor, 1994; Allardyce and Linton, 2008). Different from herbivorous vertebrates, which rely on cellulase enzymes produced by symbiotic gut microflora for cellulose digestion, many invertebrates are capable of producing their own enzymes for Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B 179 (2015) 27–36 cellulose hydrolysis. "
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    • "Purification procedures usually consist of multiple steps, including size exclusion, anion exchange and/or hydrophobic interaction chromatography (Marana et al., 1995, 2000; Ferreira et al., 2001; Yapi et al., 2009). Even though proteins displaying CBH activity have not been purified from insect systems, EG enzymes have been purified and characterized from cockroach species (Scrivener & Slaytor, 1994; Genta et al., 2003) or termite symbiotic flagellates (Li et al., 2003) using also liquid chromatographic procedures. Alternative reported purification methods for glycosidases include isoelectric focusing (Ferreira & Terra, 1983) and preparative electrophoresis (Chipoulet & Chararas, 1985a; Sugimura et al., 2003; Sami & Shakoori, 2008). "
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    • "These differential enzymatic patterns could be due to the structural difference of the substrates. The recombinant cellulase in this study resembles other endo-b-1,4-glucanases, extracted and/or purified from the higher termite (Nasutitermes walkeri; Schulz et al., 1986), the lower termite (R. speratus; Watanabe et al., 1997) and the cockroach (Panesthia cribrata; Scrivener and Slaytor, 1994), in which the hydrolytic products were mainly cellobiose and a small amount of glucose (R.s.) or cellobiose, cellotriose and a small amount of glucose (N.w.) or equimolar amount of cellobiose and cellotriose and no glucose (P.c.) when using crystalline cellulose as the substrate. Structurally, both crystalline cellulose and filter paper are made from cotton linters and composed of more than 98% acellulose with the later being an amorphous form and water soluble. "
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