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J Biol Chem. 2012 Jul 20;287(30):25335-43. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M112.362640. Epub 2012 May 29.

Tracing determinants of dual substrate specificity in glycoside hydrolase family 5.

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Joint BioEnergy Institute, Emeryville, California 94608, USA.


Enzymes are traditionally viewed as having exquisite substrate specificity; however, recent evidence supports the notion that many enzymes have evolved activities against a range of substrates. The diversity of activities across glycoside hydrolase family 5 (GH5) suggests that this family of enzymes may contain numerous members with activities on multiple substrates. In this study, we combined structure- and sequence-based phylogenetic analysis with biochemical characterization to survey the prevalence of dual specificity for glucan- and mannan-based substrates in the GH5 family. Examination of amino acid profile differences between the subfamilies led to the identification and subsequent experimental confirmation of an active site motif indicative of dual specificity. The motif enabled us to successfully discover several new dually specific members of GH5, and this pattern is present in over 70 other enzymes, strongly suggesting that dual endoglucanase-mannanase activity is widespread in this family. In addition, reinstatement of the conserved motif in a wild type member of GH5 enhanced its catalytic efficiency on glucan and mannan substrates by 175 and 1,600%, respectively. Phylogenetic examination of other GH families further indicates that the prevalence of enzyme multispecificity in GHs may be greater than has been experimentally characterized. Single domain multispecific GHs may be exploited for developing improved enzyme cocktails or facile engineering of microbial hosts for consolidated bioprocessing of lignocellulose.

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