Characterization of Cryptopygus antarcticus Endo-β-1,4-Glucanase from Bombyx mori Expression Systems

Sun Mee Hong, Ho Sun Sung, Mee Hye Kang, Choong Gon Kim, Youn Ho Lee, Dae Jung Kim, Jae Man Lee, Takahiro Kusakabe

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Endo-β-1,4-glucanase (CaCel) from Antarctic springtail, Cryptopygus antarcticus, a cellulase with high activity at low temperature, shows potential industrial use. To obtain sufficient active cellulase for characterization, CaCel gene was expressed in Bombyx mori-baculovirus expression systems. Recombinant CaCel (rCaCel) has been expressed in Escherichia coli (Ec-CaCel) at temperatures below 10 °C, but the expression yield was low. Here, rCaCel with a silkworm secretion signal (Bm-CaCel) was successfully expressed and secreted into pupal hemolymph and purified to near 90 % purity by Ni-affinity chromatography. The yield and specific activity of rCaCel purified from B. mori were estimated at 31 mg/l and 43.2 U/mg, respectively, which is significantly higher than the CaCel yield obtained from E. coli (0.46 mg/l and 35.8 U/mg). The optimal pH and temperature for the rCaCels purified from E. coli and B. mori were 3.5 and 50 °C. Both rCaCels were active at a broad range of pH values and temperatures, and retained more than 30 % of their maximal activity at 0 °C. Oligosaccharide structural analysis revealed that Bm-CaCel contains elaborated N- and O-linked glycans, whereas Ec-CaCel contains putative O-linked glycans. Thermostability of Bm-CaCel from B. mori at 60 °C was higher than that from E. coli, probably due to glycosylation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-889
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Biotechnology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology


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