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Mol Microbiol. 2004 Jan;51(2):599-607.

Use of antisense RNA to modify the composition of cellulosomes produced by Clostridium cellulolyticum.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Bioénergétique et Ingénierie des Protéines, UPR 9036-CNRS, 13402 Marseille 20, France.


The enzymatic composition of the cellulosomes produced by Clostridium cellulolyticum was modified by inhibiting the synthesis of Cel48F that is the major cellulase of the cellulosomes. The strain ATCC 35319 (pSOSasrF) was developed to over-produce a 469 nucleotide-long antisense-RNA (asRNA) directed against the ribosome-binding site region and the beginning of the coding region of the cel48F mRNAs. The cellulolytic system secreted by the asRNA-producing strain showed a markedly lower amount of Cel48F, compared to the control strain transformed with the empty plasmid (pSOSzero). This was correlated with a 30% decrease of the specific activity of the cellulolytic system on Avicel cellulose, indicating that Cel48F plays an important role in the recalcitrant cellulose degradation. However, only minor effects were observed on the growth parameters on cellulose. In both transformant strains, cellulosome production was found to be reduced and two unknown proteins (P105 and P98) appeared as major components of their cellulolytic systems. These proteins did not contain any dockerin domain and were shown to be not included into the cellulosomes; they are expected to participate to the non-cellulosomal cellulolytic system of C. cellulolyticum.

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