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Biotechnol Lett. 2012 Sep;34(9):1679-86. doi: 10.1007/s10529-012-0949-9. Epub 2012 May 22.

Production of rare ginsenosides (compound Mc, compound Y and aglycon protopanaxadiol) by β-glucosidase from Dictyoglomus turgidum that hydrolyzes β-linked, but not α-linked, sugars in ginsenosides.

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  • 1Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Konkuk University, 1 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-701, Republic of Korea.


Optimal hydrolytic activity of β-glucosidase from Dictyoglomus turgidum for the ginsenoside Rd was at pH 5.5 and 80 °C, with a half-life of ~11 h. The enzyme hydrolysed β-linked, but not α-linked, sugar moieties of ginsenosides. It produced the rare ginsenosides, aglycon protopanaxadiol (APPD), compounds Y, and Mc, via three unique transformation pathways: Rb(1) → Rd → F(2) → compound K → APPD, Rb(2) → compound Y, and Rc → compound Mc. The enzyme converted 0.5 mM Rb(2) and 0.5 mM Rc to 0.5 mM compound Y and 0.5 mM compound Mc after 3 h, respectively, with molar conversion yields of 100 %.

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