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PLoS One. 2018 Jul 24;13(7):e0201090. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201090. eCollection 2018.

Production of α-1,3-L-arabinofuranosidase active on substituted xylan does not improve compost degradation by Agaricus bisporus.

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Microbiology, Department of Biology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Laboratory of Food Chemistry, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Architecture et Fonction des Macromolécules Biologiques, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France.


Agaricus bisporus consumes carbohydrates contained in wheat straw based compost used for commercial mushroom production. Double substituted arabinoxylan is part of the ~40% of the compost polysaccharides that are not degraded by A. bisporus during its growth and development. Genes encoding α-1,3-l-arabinofuranosidase (AXHd3) enzymes that act on xylosyl residues doubly substituted with arabinosyl residues are absent in this mushroom forming fungus. Here, the AXHd3 encoding hgh43 gene of Humicola insolens was expressed in A. bisporus with the aim to improve its substrate utilization and mushroom yield. Transformants secreted active AXHd3 in compost as shown by the degradation of double substituted arabinoxylan oligomers in an in vitro assay. However, carbohydrate composition and degree of arabinosyl substitution of arabinoxylans were not affected in compost possibly due to inaccessibility of the doubly substituted xylosyl residues.

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