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Glycoside Hydrolase Family 16
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|Glycoside Hydrolase Family 16|
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The members of family 16 are active on β-1,4 or β-1,3 glycosidic bonds in various glucans and galactans. A wide diversity of glycoside hydrolases active on plant and marine polysaccharides are found in GH16, including:
- keratan-sulfate endo-1,4-β-galactosidases (EC 18.104.22.168),
- endo-1,3-β-galactanases (EC 3.2.1.-),
- endo-1,3-β-glucanases (EC 22.214.171.124),
- endo-1,3(4)-β-glucanases (EC 126.96.36.199),
- licheninases (EC 188.8.131.52),
- β-agarases (EC 184.108.40.206),
- β-porphyranases (EC 220.127.116.11) ,
- κ-carrageenases (EC 18.104.22.168), and
- endo-xyloglucanases (EC 22.214.171.124, a.k.a. xyloglucan endo-hydrolases, XEHs, in plants ).
Notably, some members of GH16 are predominant transglycosylases. These include the plant xyloglucan:xyloglucosyltransferases (EC 126.96.36.199, a.k.a. xyloglucan endo-transglycosylases, XETs)  and yeast chitin/beta-glucan crosslinking enzymes Crh1 and Crh2 [3, 4, 5].
Some invertebrate GH16 proteins have lost their catalytic amino acids and are involved in immune response activation through the Toll pathway upon binding of β-1,3 glucan. The role of the GH16 domain in this immune response has not been fully elucidated .
Kinetics and Mechanism
Members of GH16 enzymes are retaining enzymes, as first shown by NMR  on an endo-1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase from Bacillus licheniformis. As such, they utilize a covalent glycosyl-enzyme intermediate, which is broken-down by glycosyl transfer [8, 9] to water or a carbohydrate acceptor substrate in glycoside hydrolases or transglycosylases, respectively.
The catalytic nucleophile of GH16 enzymes was first proposed using a non-specific epoxyalkyl β-glycoside inhibitor and identification of the site of covalent labelling using ESI-MS and Edman degradation on an endo-1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens . This was subsequently verified by azide rescue of the E134A mutant of a Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase resulting in an α-glycosyl azide from the β-glycoside substrate . The general acid/base residue was identified by making the E138A site-directed mutant of the Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase together with kinetic analysis and azide rescue, which resulted in a β-glycosyl azide product . These structurally conserved catalytic residues have been confirmed in a number of other GH16 members, including plant XETs and XEHs [12, 13], and yeast Crh1 and Crh2 .
Proteins in GH16 share a β-jelly-roll fold in which two β-sheets align in a curved, sandwich-like manner and present a cleft-shaped active-site bounded by loops extending from the β-strands. The first solved 3D structure was a hybrid protein of licheninase M from Paenibacillus macerans and BglA from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens (PDB 1byh) in 1992 . Many three-dimensional structures have been solved of family 16 members of archeal, bacterial, and eukaryotic origin (see http://www.cazy.org/GH16_structure.html for an updated list). Of these, the first eukaryotic 3D structure was the xyloglucan endo-transglycosylase PttXET16-34 from Populus tremula×tremuloides (PDB 1umz)  and the first archeal 3D structure was a endo-1,3-β-glucanase Lam16 from Pyrococcus furiosus (PDB 2vy0) .
Evolution of GH16
GH16 is a member of clan GH-B together with GH7; both families share the β-jellyroll fold. The different specificities of GH16 are proposed to have evolved from an ancestral β-1,3-glucanase . This proposal was elaborated using a structure-based phylogeny approach, which suggested that a first branching event lead to the evolution of the bacterial κ-carrageenases and the β-agarases, while a later branching event lead to the bacterial licheninases and the plant XETs  (Figure 1). In particular, the GH16 active-site residues are located in-train on one beta-strand at the center of the substrate binding cleft. Depending upon the phylogenetic clade, this beta-strand features one of two topologies. The beta-bulge motif, which has the consensus sequence EXDXXE, is more frequent in GH16 compared to the regular beta-strand with the consensus sequence EXDXE (the catalytic nucleophile is the first glutamate and the catalytic acid/base is the second, with a proposed "helper" asparate in-between ). Due to the predominance of the beta-bulge motif and its presence as the only motif in GH7, Michel et al. proposed that the beta-bulge is the ancestral motif, which subsequently gave rise to the regular beta-strand of extant XETs and licheninases . More recently, similar structure-based phylogenetic approaches have suggested that XEHs evolved subsequently to XEHs within the xyloglucan endo-transglycosylase/hydrolase (XTH) gene family in plant lineages [2, 20], while the recent identification of a group of bifunctional GH16 glycoside hydrolases, which is active on both mixed-linkage beta-glucan and xyloglucan, provides additional support for the close evolutionary relationship of XETs and licheninases .
- First stereochemistry determination
- Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase by NMR .
- First catalytic nucleophile identification
- Suggested in Bacillus amyloliquefaciens 1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase via non-specific epoxyalkyl β-glycoside labeling . Later verified by azide rescue of inactivated mutants .
- First general acid/base residue identification
- Bacillus licheniformis 1,3-1,4-β-D-glucan 4-glucanohydrolase, first suggested by sequence homology and mutational studies . This was later verified by azide rescue of inactivated mutants .
- First 3-D structure
- A hybrid licheninase (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and Paenibacillus macerans) by X-ray crystallography (PDB 1byh) .
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