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Carbohydrate Binding Module Family 80

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Ligand specificities

CBM80 is a small bacterial CBM family comprising around 96 amino acids and identified in the Ruminococcus flavefaciens cellulosome [1]. The only characterized CBM80 modules are CBM80RfGH5-1/2 and CBM80RfGH5, which are components of enzymes containing catalytic modules derived from GH5_4 (CAZy - GH5_4) and GH5_7 (CAZy - GH5_7) for CBM80RfGH5-1/2 and GH5_4 (CAZy - GH5_4) for CBM80RfGH5 [2]. CBM80RfGH5-1/2 and CBM80RfGH5 display specificity for β-1,4- and mixed linked β-1,3-1,4-glucans, while CBM80RfGH5-1/2 also binds β-1,4-mannans [2]. CBM80RfGH5-1/2 binds galactomannan in addition to the β-glucans with affinities in the range of 104 M-1 to 105 M-1 [2]. The endo-mode of binding to soluble polysaccharide indicates that CBM80 is a type B CBM [2]. The key residues implicated in CBM80RfGH5-1/2 ligand binding were identified by site-direct mutagenesis (Figure 1) [2]. Alanine substitution of Trp453 and Trp489 revealed a complete abrogation of binding to β-glucans and β-mannans, showing the importance of tryptophan residues in ligand recognition [2]. CBMs that bind to β-1,4-glycans typically contain three aromatic residues that make apolar interactions with sugars [3]. The predicted polar interactions between the protein and β-glycans have very little influence on affinity [2].

Structural Features

Figure 1. Crystal structure of CBM80RfGH5-1/2. The residues that contribute to ligand recognition are shown.

The three-dimensional structure of CBM80RfGH5-1/2 (5fu3) was solved using single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (SAD) methods and selenomethionyl labelled protein [2]. The structure of CBM80RfGH5-1/2 (Figure 1) apo, and in complex with mannohexaose and cellohexaose, was solved with resolutions of 1.0 Å, 1.4 Å and 1.5 Å, respectively [2]. CBM80RfGH5-1/2 has a β-sandwich fold consisting of two β-sheets (β-sheet 1 and 2) comprising of four anti-parallel β-strands each (Figure 1) [2]. The β-sheet 2 of CBM80RfGH-5-1/2 presents a planar hydrophobic surface with a parallel orientation of Trp453 and Trp489 and a perpendicular orientation of a third aromatic residue, Trp490 [2]. The mannohexaose CBM80RfGH5-1/2 complex revealed electron density for mannohexaose along the hydrophobic surface of β-sheet 2 [2]. The structure of CBM80RfGH5-1/2 in complex with cellohexaose revealed electron density for only three glucose units [2].


R. flavefaciens forms a multi-enzyme cellulosome complex that plays an integral role in the ability of this bacterium to degrade plant cell wall polysaccharides [4]. CBM80 modules play an enzyme-targeting role in a highly complex scaffold that is specific to the Ruminococcus [5]. CBM80RfGH5-1/2, a module in an enzyme that contains GH5_7 (CAZy - GH5_7) and GH5_4 catalytic modules (CAZy - GH5_4), binds β-glucans and β-mannans [2]. Other examples of CBMs that recognize both β-1,4-glucans and β-1,4-mannans are found in families CBM16 [6] and CBM29 [3]. CBM80RfGH5, a module in an enzyme that contains a GH5_4 (CAZy - GH5_4) catalytic module, displays specificity for β-glucans [2].

Family Firsts

First Identified
CBM80 from the Ruminococcus flavefaciens CBM80RfGH5-1/2 and CBM80RfGH5 [2].
First Structural Characterization
The first 3D crystal structure solved was CBM80RfGH5-1/2 [2].


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