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Glycosidic bond specificity of glucansucrases: on the role of acceptor substrate binding residues

Leemhuis, H., Pijning, T., Dobruchowska, J. M., Dijkstra, B. W. & Dijkhuizen, L., May-2012, In : Biocatalysis and Biotransformation. 30, 3, p. 366-376 11 p.

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Many lactic acid bacteria produce extracellular alpha-glucan polysaccharides using a glucansucrase and sucrose as glucose donor. The structure and the physicochemical properties of the alpha-glucans produced are determined by the nature of the glucansucrase. Typically, the alpha-glucans contain two types of alpha-glycosidic linkages, for example, (alpha 1-2), (alpha 1-3), (alpha 1-4) or (alpha 1-6), which may be randomly or regularly distributed. Usually, the alpha-glucan chains are also branched, which gives rise to an additional level of complexity. Even though the first crystal structure was reported in 2010, our current understanding of the structure-function relationships of glucansucrases is not advanced enough to predict the alpha-glucan specificity from the sequence alone. Nevertheless, based on sequence alignments and site-directed mutagenesis, a few amino acid residues have been identified as being important for the glycosidic bond specificity of glucansucrases. A new development in GH70 research was the identification of a cluster of alpha-glucan disproportionating enzymes. Here, we discuss the current insights into the structure-function relationships of GH70 enzymes in the light of the recently determined crystal structure of glucansucrases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-376
Number of pages11
JournalBiocatalysis and Biotransformation
Volume30
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May-2012

    Keywords

  • alternansucrase, dextransucrase, glycoside hydrolase, reuteransucrase, lactic acid bacteria, protein engineering, ALPHA-AMYLASE FAMILY, AMINO-ACID-RESIDUES, STREPTOCOCCUS-MUTANS GLUCOSYLTRANSFERASES, LACTOBACILLUS-REUTERI, LEUCONOSTOC-MESENTEROIDES, DIRECTED EVOLUTION, CYCLODEXTRIN GLYCOSYLTRANSFERASE, GTF-I, MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION, CHEMOENZYMATIC SYNTHESIS

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