Enhancement of the thermostability and the catalytic efficiency of Bacillus pumilus CBS protease by site-directed mutagenesis
ABSTRACT The serine alkaline protease, SAPB, from Bacillus pumilus CBS is characterized by its high thermoactivity, pH stability and high catalytic efficiency (k(cat)/K(m)) as well as its excellent stability and compatibility with an alkaline environment under harsh washing conditions. Based on sequence alignments and homology-modeling studies, the present study identified five amino acids Leu31, Thr33, Asn99, Phe159 and Gly182 being putatively important for the enzymatic behaviour of SAPB. To corroborate the role of these residues, 12 mutants were constructed by site-directed mutagenesis and then purified and characterized. The findings demonstrate that the single mutants F159T, F159S and G182S and combined double substitutions were implicated in the decrease of the optimum pH and temperature to 8.0-9.0 and 50 degrees C, respectively, and that mutant F159T/S clearly affected substrate affinity and catalytic efficiency. With regards to the single L31I, T33S and N99Y and combined double and triple mutations, the N99Y mutation strongly improved the half-life times at 50 degrees C and 60 degrees C to 660 and 295 min from of 220 and 80 min for the wild-type enzyme, respectively. More interestingly, this mutation also shifted the optimum temperature from 65 degrees C to 75 degrees C and caused a prominent 31-fold increase in k(cat)/K(m) with N-succinyl-l-Ala-Ala-Pro-Phe-p-nitroanilide (AAPF). The L31I and T33S mutants were observed to improve mainly the optimum pH from 11.0 to 11.5 and from 11.0 to 12.0, respectively. Kinetic studies of double and triple mutants showed that the cumulative effect of polar uncharged substitutions had a synergistic effect on the P1 position preference using synthetic peptide substrates, which confirms the implication of these amino acids in substrate recognition and catalytic efficiency.
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ABSTRACT: Bacillus gibsonii Alkaline Protease (BgAP) is a recently reported subtilisin protease exhibiting activity and stability properties suitable for applications in laundry and dish washing detergents. However, BgAP suffers from a significant decrease of activity at low temperatures. In order to increase BgAP activity at 15°C, a directed evolution campaign based on the SeSaM random mutagenesis method was performed. An optimized microtiter plate expression system in B. subtilis was established and classical proteolytic detection methods were adapted for high throughput screening. In parallel, the libraries were screened for increased residual proteolytic activity after incubation at 58°C. Three iterative rounds of directed BgAP evolution yielded a set of BgAP variants with increased specific activity (K(cat) ) at 15°C and increased thermal resistance. Recombination of both sets of amino acid substitutions resulted finally in variant MF1 with a 1.5 fold increased specific activity (15°C) and over 100 times prolonged half-life at 60°C (224 min compared to 2 min of the WT BgAP). None of the introduced amino acid substitutions were close to the active site of BgAP. Activity-altering amino acid substitutions were from non-charged to non-charged or from sterically demanding to less demanding. Thermal stability improvements were achieved by substitutions to negatively charged amino acids in loop areas of the BgAP surface which probably fostered ionic and hydrogen bonds interactions. Biotechnol. Bioeng. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.Biotechnology and Bioengineering 03/2013; 110(3). DOI:10.1002/bit.24766 · 4.16 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In proteins, a posttranslational deamidation process converts asparagine (Asn) and glutamine (Gln) residues into negatively charged aspartic (Asp) and glutamic acid (Glu), respectively. This process changes the protein net charge affecting enzyme activity, pH optimum, and stability. Understanding the principles which affect these enzyme properties would be valuable for protein engineering in general. In this work, three criteria for selecting amino acid substitutions of the deamidation type in the Bacillus gibsonii alkaline protease (BgAP) are proposed and systematically studied in their influence on pH-dependent activity and thermal resistance. Out of 113 possible surface amino acids, 18 (11 Asn and 7 Gln) residues of BgAP were selected and evaluated based on three proposed criteria: (1) The Asn or Gln residues should not be conserved, (2) should be surface exposed, and (3) neighbored by glycine. "Deamidation" in five (N97, N253, Q37, Q200, and Q256) out of eight (N97, N154, N250, N253, Q37, Q107, Q200, and Q256) amino acids meeting all criteria resulted in increased proteolytic activity. In addition, pH activity profiles of the variants N253D and Q256E and the combined variant N253DQ256E were dramatically shifted towards higher activity at lower pH (range of 8.5-10). Variant N253DQ256E showed twice the specific activity of wild-type BgAP and its thermal resistance increased by 2.4 °C at pH 8.5. These property changes suggest that mimicking surface deamidation by substituting Gln by Glu and/or Asn by Asp might be a simple and fast protein reengineering approach for modulating enzyme properties such as activity, pH optimum, and thermal resistance.Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 11/2012; 97(15). DOI:10.1007/s00253-012-4560-8 · 3.81 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: High-alkaline proteases are of great importance because of their proteolytic activity and stability under high-alkaline condition. We have previously isolated a new protease (AprB) which has potential industrial applications based on its high-alkaline adaptation. However, the molecular and structural basis for alkaline adaptation of this enzyme has not been fully elucidated. In the present study, AprB gene was cloned and expressed in the Bacillus subtilis WB600. This gene codes for a protein of 375 amino acids comprised with a 28-residual signal peptide, a 78-residual pro-peptide, and a 269-residual mature protein. The deduced amino acid sequence has the highest homology of 63.2% with that of the high-alkaline proteases. Recombinant AprB was purified and determined to be monomeric with molecular mass of 26.755kDa. The NH(2)-terminal sequence of the purified AprB was A-Q-S-I-P-W-G-I-E-R. This enzyme exhibited high catalytic efficiencies (K(cat)/K(m)) towards natural, modified, and synthesis substrates with optimal activity at 60°C and pH 10. AprB was stable over a wide range of pH 5 to 11 and various surfactants, and could be activated by Mg(2+), Ca(2+) and Ba(2+). The structural properties of AprB, like a higher ratio of R/(R+K), a larger area of hydrophobic surface, increased number of ion pairs formed by Arg residue, and the exposure of Asp active residue on the surface, might be responsible for its alkaline adaptation. In contrast with members of subtilisin family, such as M-protease and subtilisin BPN', AprB harbored a high content of Glu and Asp residues, and a low content of Arg and Lys residues on the surface. Interestingly, these structural characters were similar with that of psychrophilic proteases, which suggested that these molecular factors were not restricted in the psychrophilic proteases, and therefore were not solely responsible for their cold-adaptation. Our results reveal a novel structural feature of AprB unique to subtilisin family and provide clues for its alkaline adaptation.Biochimie 04/2011; 93(4):783-91. DOI:10.1016/j.biochi.2011.01.011 · 3.12 Impact Factor