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Glycoside Hydrolase Family 51
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|Glycoside Hydrolase Family GH51|
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The majority of the glycoside hydrolases from this family hydrolyze the glycosidic bond between L-arabinofuranosides side chains of hemicelluloses such as arabinoxylan, arabinogalactan, and L-arabinan. A few enzymes of the family exhibit β-1,4-endoglucanase activity towards carboxymethyl cellulose and xylan .
Kinetics and Mechanism
GH51 L-arabinfuranosidases are retaining enzymes and follow a classical Koshland retaining mechanism. Owing to the fast mutarotation and tautomerization rates of arabinose, the stereochemical course of the reaction was monitored in presence of methanol and followed by NMR spectroscopy [2, 3, 4]. Enzymes that have been well studied kinetically include the Geobacillus stearothermophilus T-6 and Thermobacillus xylanilyticus α-L-arabinofuranosidases, for which a detailed kinetic study was performed including kinetics with aryl-α-L-arabinofuranosides bearing various leaving groups, Brønsted plots for the E175A acid-base catalytic residue and azide-rescue for the E294A nucleophilc mutant [3, 4, 5].
The general acid/base was first identified in Thermobacillus xylanilyticus (Glu176)  and in Geobacillus stearothermophilus T-6 (Glu175) α-arabinofuranosidases  using kinetic analysis, pH dependence profiles, and azide rescue of the catalytic mutant. The catalytic nucleophile was first identified in Geobacillus stearothermophilus α-arabinofuranosidase through detailed kinetic studies for the catalytic mutant including azide rescue.
Three-dimensional structures for GH51 arabinofuranosidases are available for Geobacillus stearothermophilus  Clostridium thermocellum  and Thermobacillus xylanilyticus . The enzyme in solution is a hexamer (can be described as a trimer of dimmers) and each monomer is organized into two domains: a ‘clan GH-A’ catalytic (β/α)8 domain and a 12-stranded β sandwich with a jelly-roll topology.
- First sterochemistry determination
- Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus aculeatus α-L-arabinfuranosidases carried out in the presence of 2.5 M methanol and followed by 1H-NMR spectroscopy .
- First catalytic nucleophile identification
- Geobacillus stearothermophilus α-L-arabinofuranosidase through detailed kinetic studies for the catalytic mutant including azide rescue .
- First general acid/base residue identification
- Thermobacillus xylanilyticus and Geobacillus stearothermophilus T-6 α-L-arabinofuranosidases via detailed kinetic studies for the catalytic mutant including azide rescue [3, 4].
- First 3-D structure
- Geobacillus stearothermophilus α-L-arabinofuranosidase .
- Eckert K and Schneider E. (2003). A thermoacidophilic endoglucanase (CelB) from Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius displays high sequence similarity to arabinofuranosidases belonging to family 51 of glycoside hydrolases. Eur J Biochem. 2003;270(17):3593-602. DOI:10.1046/j.1432-1033.2003.03744.x |
- Pitson SM, Voragen AG, and Beldman G. (1996). Stereochemical course of hydrolysis catalyzed by arabinofuranosyl hydrolases. FEBS Lett. 1996;398(1):7-11. DOI:10.1016/s0014-5793(96)01153-2 |
- Debeche T, Bliard C, Debeire P, and O'Donohue MJ. (2002). Probing the catalytically essential residues of the alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase from Thermobacillus xylanilyticus. Protein Eng. 2002;15(1):21-8. DOI:10.1093/protein/15.1.21 |
- Shallom D, Belakhov V, Solomon D, Gilead-Gropper S, Baasov T, Shoham G, and Shoham Y. (2002). The identification of the acid-base catalyst of alpha-arabinofuranosidase from Geobacillus stearothermophilus T-6, a family 51 glycoside hydrolase. FEBS Lett. 2002;514(2-3):163-7. DOI:10.1016/s0014-5793(02)02343-8 |
- Shallom D, Belakhov V, Solomon D, Shoham G, Baasov T, and Shoham Y. (2002). Detailed kinetic analysis and identification of the nucleophile in alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase from Geobacillus stearothermophilus T-6, a family 51 glycoside hydrolase. J Biol Chem. 2002;277(46):43667-73. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M208285200 |
- Hövel K, Shallom D, Niefind K, Belakhov V, Shoham G, Baasov T, Shoham Y, and Schomburg D. (2003). Crystal structure and snapshots along the reaction pathway of a family 51 alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase. EMBO J. 2003;22(19):4922-32. DOI:10.1093/emboj/cdg494 |
- Taylor EJ, Smith NL, Turkenburg JP, D'Souza S, Gilbert HJ, and Davies GJ. (2006). Structural insight into the ligand specificity of a thermostable family 51 arabinofuranosidase, Araf51, from Clostridium thermocellum. Biochem J. 2006;395(1):31-7. DOI:10.1042/BJ20051780 |
- Paës G, Skov LK, O'Donohue MJ, Rémond C, Kastrup JS, Gajhede M, and Mirza O. (2008). The structure of the complex between a branched pentasaccharide and Thermobacillus xylanilyticus GH-51 arabinofuranosidase reveals xylan-binding determinants and induced fit. Biochemistry. 2008;47(28):7441-51. DOI:10.1021/bi800424e |