31 May 2021 Celebrating CAZy:
The B.A. Stone Award for Excellence in Plant Polysaccharide Biochemistry
was awarded to CAZy
founder Bernard Henrissat
today. CAZy, CAZypedia
, and Prof. Bruce Stone
have a long, intertwined history
, and today we celebrate Bernie's
insight to create a sequence-based classification of the Carbohydrate-Active EnZymes
, starting with the cellulases
30 March 2021 Presenting the gagalicious CBM87 family: CBM87 members are found appended to fungal galactosaminogalactan deacetylases that are involved in biofilm formation. The CBM87s have the unusual - but not unheard of - property of extending the enzyme's catalytic site. The GAG-binding CBM87 CAZypedia page has been authored by Natalie Bamford with Lynne Howell acting as responsible curator. Go gaga for the GAG-binding CBM87 family here.
2 December 2020: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's CBM14! From start to finish in superhero time, the lectin-containing, chitin-binding CBM14 page is up and running. This is thanks to the heroic efforts of author Eva Madland with Elizabeth Ficko-Blean acting as responsible curator for the CBM14 page. This CBM family continues to blur the lines betweeen CBMs and lectins and even type A , B and C CBMs. Find out more on these interesting chitin-binding multi-characteristic CBMs here.
1 December 2020: YANCEFP! (Yet Another New Carbohydrate Esterase Family Page, from our friends at WLU!) Following on a string of CE pages completed by students at Wilfred Laurier University (see CE3, CE4, CE7 and CE9), today Bobby Lamont finalized the Carbohydrate Esterase Family 2 under the guidance of Prof. Joel Weadge and Prof. Anthony Clarke. CE2 contains carbohydrate de-O-acetylases with diverse regiospecifcity, which use a catalytic dyad to perform hydrolysis. This family has a long and rich history of mechanistic and structural study, dating back to the last millennium, which you can learn much more about on Bobby's detailed page.
29 September 2020: Back to the future with beta-1,3-glucanases: The Glycoside Hydrolase Family 128 page was promoted to Curator Approved status by Mario Murakami today. GH128 was originally created following the discovery of this family by Yuichi Sakamoto and colleagues, who characterized the archetypal beta-1,3-glucanase from the shiitake mushroom. This year, a team led by Mario Murakami, including first-author Camila Santos, presented a sweeping first mechanistic and structural study of GH128. We're grateful to Camila and Mario for elaborating upon Yuichi's original CAZypedia page, which you can read here. You can also compare GH128 with other distinct beta-1,3-glucanase families covered in CAZypedia, e.g. GH17, GH81, GH148, and GH158.
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