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J Biotechnol. 2011 Jan 10;151(1):137-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2010.10.074. Epub 2010 Oct 26.

Action of xylan deacetylating enzymes on monoacetyl derivatives of 4-nitrophenyl glycosides of β-D-xylopyranose and α-L-arabinofuranose.

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  • 1Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, SK-84538 Bratislava, Slovakia.


Measurements of esterase activity by enzyme-coupled assays on monoacetates of 4-nitrophenyl β-D-xylopyranoside and 4-nitrophenyl α-L-arabinofuranoside showed that acetylxylan esterases of families 1, 4 and 5 produced by Trichoderma reesei and Penicillium purpurogenum have a strong preference for deacetylation of position 2 in xylopyranosides. The acetylxylan esterases exhibit only weak activity on acetylated arabinofuranosides, with 2-acetate as the best substrate. Acetyl esterases of family 16 produced by the same two fungi deacetylate in xylopyranosides preferentially positions 3 and 4. Their specific activity on arabinofuranosides is also much lower than on xylopyranosides, however, substantially greater than that in the case of typical acetylxylan esterases.

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