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Appl Biochem Biotechnol. 2001 Sep;95(3):151-62.

Purification and characterization of an intracellular beta-glucosidase from a Candida sake strain isolated from fruit juices.

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  • 1IFREMER Centre de Brest, DRV/VP Laboratoire de Biotechnologie, Plouzan√©, France.


A yeast strain isolated in the laboratory from fruit juices was studied and classified as Candida sake. The strain produces an intracellular beta-glucosidase when grown with cellobiose as the carbon source. The enzyme was purified by ion-exchange chromatography and gel filtration. The molecular mass of the purified intracellular beta-glucosidase, estimated by gel filtration, was 240 kDa. The tetrameric structure of the beta-glucosidase was determined following treatment of the purified enzyme with sodium dodecyl sulfate. The enzyme exhibited optimum activity at 52 degrees C and pH 4.25 with citrate-phosphate buffer. The enzyme was active against soluble glycosides with the (1-->4)-beta configuration, and from Lineweaver Burk plots, a Km value of 6.9 mmol/L was found for p-nitrophenyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside. The beta-glucosidase was found to be tolerant to glucose inhibition with a Ki value of 0.2 mol/L.

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