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Ital J Biochem. 1985 Sep-Oct;34(5):341-55.

Comparative study of glucosidases from the thermophilic fungus Thermoascus aurantiacus Miehe. Purification and characterization of intracellular beta-glucosidase.


Intracellular beta-glucosidase was extracted from the mycelium of Th. aurantiacus, concentrated by DEAE-cellulose treatment, separated from alpha-glucosidase by hydroxylapatite chromatography and purified to electrophoretic homogeneity. Optimally active at 75 degrees C and pH 4.2, beta-glucosidase displayed complex kinetics with p-nitrophenyl-beta-glucoside which inhibited the enzyme at concentrations greater than 0.5 mM. With cellobiose the kinetics were practically hyperbolic at 70 degrees C (Hill coefficient nH = 1.09 and Km = 0.83 mM), but faint inhibition was observed at 50 degrees C. beta-glucosidase shares with alpha-glucosidase a high number of physicochemical properties: with similar aminoacid composition, very close isoelectric point (4.5 and 4.2), high molecular weight in the native state (175,000 and 140,000), the two enzymes showed the same behaviour on DEAE-cellulose, were equally stable at high temperature and were dissociated by 6 M urea to still active proteins. Furthermore, the carbohydrate contents of beta-glucosidase (17.6%) is not far from that previously determined for some forms of alpha-glucosidase (14-16%).

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