Plant-degrading enzymes can be produced by fungi on abundantly available low-cost plant biomass. However, enzymes sets after growth on complex substrates need to be better understood, especially with emphasis on differences between fungal species and the influence of inhibitory compounds in plant substrates, such as monosaccharides. In this study, Aspergillus niger and Trichoderma reesei were evaluated for the production of enzyme sets after growth on two "second generation" substrates: wheat straw (WS) and sugarcane bagasse (SCB). A. niger and T. reesei produced different sets of (hemi-)cellulolytic enzymes after growth on WS and SCB. This was reflected in an overall strong synergistic effect in releasing sugars during saccharification using A. niger and T. reesei enzyme sets. T. reesei produced less hydrolytic enzymes after growth on non-washed SCB. The sensitivity to non-washed plant substrates was not reduced by using CreA/Cre1 mutants of T. reesei and A. niger with a defective carbon catabolite repression. The importance of removing monosaccharides for producing enzymes was further underlined by the decrease in hydrolytic activities with increased glucose concentrations in WS media. This study showed the importance of removing monosaccharides from the enzyme production media and combining T. reesei and A. niger enzyme sets to improve plant biomass saccharification.
To understand the current state of staff for Plasmodium microscopy examinations in Changzhou City in the early stage of eliminating malaria action, so as to provide the evidence for achieving the target of malaria elimination.
Heterologous expression of ß-glucosidase is one of the approaches to enhance the efficiency of fungal cellulase preparations. It has been reported that N-glycosylation affects the structure framework, function and stability of proteins. In this study, a ß-glucosidase from Aspergillus terreus (GenBank: XP_001216552, BglS) was heterologously expressed in Pichia pastoris and Trichoderma reesei. The four asparagine residues were all linked with high-mannose-type oligosaccharides in P. pastoris, whereas only N224 carried high-mannosetype glycan in T. reesei (the other three sites carried one N-acetylglucosamine). The long N-glycan chains on PpBglS weakened its substrate affinity, activity and thermostability. The moderate post-translational and post-secretory glycan modification in T. reesei makes it a suitable expression system for BglS. The N224 glycan played a critical role in BglS folding. The elucidation of the correlation between the different N-glycosylation patterns of BglS and their corresponding enzymatic characteristics is an important step towards improving the activity, thermostability and even production of heterologous ß-glucosidase by glycan engineering.
PrtT is a fungal-specific transcription activator of extracellular proteases in Aspergilli. In this study, the roles of the PrtT homolog from Penicillum oxalicum was investigated by transcription profiling in combination with electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA). The prtT deletion dramatically reduced extracellular protease activities and caused intracellular nutrient limitation cultured on casein as the sole carbon source. PrtT was found to directly regulate the expression of an intracellular peptidase encoding gene (tripeptidyl-peptidase) and the gene encoding the extracellular dipeptidyl-aminopeptidase V, in addition to the expected extracellular peptidase genes (carboxypeptidase and aspergillopepsin). Five amylase genes (?-amylase, glucoamylase, ?-glucosidase) and three major facilitator superfamily transporter genes related to maltose, monosaccharide and peptide transporting were also confirmed as putative targets of PrtT by EMSA. In contrast, the transcription levels of other genes encoding polysaccharide degrading enzymes (e.g. cellulases) and most iron or multidrug transporter encoding genes were up- or down-regulated in the ?prtT mutant due to nutrient limitation resulting from the reduced usage of the sole carbon source, casein. These results deepen the understanding of the interaction of regulation systems for nitrogen and carbon catabolism, which benefit strain improvement of P. oxalicum for industrial enzyme production.
Long-term strain improvements through repeated mutagenesis and screening have generated a hyper-producer of cellulases and hemicellulases from Penicillium decumbens 114 which was isolated 30 years ago. Here, the genome of the hyper-producer P. decumbens JU-A10-T was sequenced and compared with that of the wild-type strain 114-2. Further, the transcriptomes and secretomes were compared between the strains. Selective hyper-production of cellulases and hemicellulases but not all the secreted proteins was observed in the mutant, making it a more specific producer of lignocellulolytic enzymes. Functional analysis identified that changes in several transcriptional regulatory elements played crucial roles in the cellulase hyper-producing characteristics of the mutant. Additionally, the mutant showed enhanced supply of amino acids and decreased synthesis of secondary metabolites compared with the wild-type. The results clearly point out that we can target gene regulators and promoters with minimal alterations of the genetic content but maximal effects in genetic engineering.
Many Penicillium species could produce extracellular enzyme systems with good lignocellulose hydrolysis performance. However, these species and their enzyme systems are still poorly understood and explored due to the lacking of genetic information. Here, we present the genomic and secretomic analyses of Penicillium decumbens that has been used in industrial production of lignocellulolytic enzymes in China for more than fifteen years. Comparative genomics analysis with the phylogenetically most similar species Penicillium chrysogenum revealed that P. decumbens has evolved with more genes involved in plant cell wall degradation, but fewer genes in cellular metabolism and regulation. Compared with the widely used cellulase producer Trichoderma reesei, P. decumbens has a lignocellulolytic enzyme system with more diverse components, particularly for cellulose binding domain-containing proteins and hemicellulases. Further, proteomic analysis of secretomes revealed that P. decumbens produced significantly more lignocellulolytic enzymes in the medium with cellulose-wheat bran as the carbon source than with glucose. The results expand our knowledge on the genetic information of lignocellulolytic enzyme systems in Penicillium species, and will facilitate rational strain improvement for the production of highly efficient enzyme systems used in lignocellulose utilization from Penicillium species.
The bioavailability of clopidogrel bisulfate (CAS 135046-48-9) form I was compared with that of clopidogrel bisulfate form II in 12 male Sprague-Dawley rats. The rats, randomly divided into two groups, received a single oral dose of 8 mg/kg clopidogrel (CP) bisulfate form I and form II, respectively, under fasting condition. The plasma concentrations of CP and its inactive carboxylic acid metabolite (CAS 144457-28-3, IM) were simultaneously determined by a sensitive, specific LC-MS/MS method. The pharmacokinetic parameters included C(max), T(max), t1/2, AUC(0-t), AUC(0-infinity). The AUC(0-infinity) of CP was 13.78 +/- 0.67 and 11.46 +/- 1.98 ng/ mL x h for CP form I and form II, respectively. The AUC(0-infinity) of IM was 33.08 +/- 5.76 and 21.67 +/- 8.95 microg/mL x h for CP form I and form II, respectively. The maximum plasma concentration (C(max)) of CP was 3.81 +/- 0.54 ng/mL for CP form I and 3.18 +/- 0.31 ng/mL for CP form II, the C(max) of IM was 3.42 +/- 0.41 and 2.08 +/- 0.68 microg/ mL for the CP form I and form II, respectively. There was an obvious difference between form I and form II for C(max) and the area under the plasma concentration time curve for both CP and IM after a t-test. This study shows that CP form I has better bioavailability in rats than CP form II.
Trichoderma reesei is a well-known cellulase producer and widely applied in enzyme industry. To increase its ability to efficiently decompose cellulose, the beta-glucosidase activity of its enzyme cocktail needs to be enhanced. In this study, a beta-glucosidase I coding sequence from Penicillium decumbens was ligated with the cellobiohydrolase I (cbh1) promoter of T. reesei and introduced into the genome of T. reesei strain Rut-C30 by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. In comparison to that from the parent strain, the beta-glucosidase activity of the enzyme complexes from two selected transformants increased 6- to 8-fold and their filter paper activity (FPAs) was enhanced by 30% on average. The transformants saccharifying ability towards pretreated cornstalk was also significantly enhanced. To further confirm the effect of heterologous beta-glucosidase on the cellulase activity of T. reesei, the heterologously expressed pBGL1 was purified and added to the enzyme complex produced by T. reesei Rut-C30. Supplementation of the Rut-C30 enzyme complex with pBGL1 brought about 80% increase of glucose yield during the saccharification of pretreated cornstalk. Our results indicated that the heterologous expression of a beta-glucosidase gene in T. reesei might produce balanced cellulase preparation.
Trichoderma reesei is the preferred organism for producing industrial cellulases. However, a more efficient heterologous expression system for enzymes from different organism is needed to further improve its cellulase mixture. The strong cbh1 promoter of T. reesei is frequently used in heterologous expression, however, the carbon catabolite repressor CREI may reduce its strength by binding to the cbh1 promoter at several binding sites. Another crucial point to enhance the production of heterologous enzymes is the stability of recombinant mRNA and the prevention of protein degradation within the endoplasmic reticulum, especially for the bacteria originated enzymes.In this study, the CREI binding sites within the cbh1 promoter were replaced with the binding sites of transcription activator ACEII and the HAP2/3/5 complex to improve the promoter efficiency. To further improve heterologous expression efficiency of bacterial genes within T. reesei, a flexible polyglycine linker and a rigid ?-helix linker were tested in the construction of fusion genes between cbh1 from T. reesei and e1, encoding an endoglucanase from Acidothermus cellulolyticus.
A metagenomic fosmid library containing 1?×?10(5) clones was constructed from a biogas digester fed with pig ordure and rice straw. In total, 121 clones with activity of 4-methylumbelliferyl-cellobiosidase were screened from the metagenomic library. A novel GH5 cellulase gene exo2b was identified from a sequenced clone EXO02C10 and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21. The corresponding recombinant Exo2b protein showed high specific activity toward both carboxymethylcellulose (CMC; 260 U/mg protein) and ?-D-glucan from barley (849 U/mg), with an optimal pH and temperature of 7.5 and 58 °C, respectively. Exo2b showed stable activity at a wide pH range from 5.5 to 9.0 and was highly thermostable at 60 °C in the presence of 60 mM cysteine. Residual activity was maintained at nearly 100% when Exo2b was incubated at 60 °C for 15 h. A thin-layer chromatography analysis of the hydrolysis products confirmed that Exo2b was an endo-?-1,4-glucanase and it could also produce oligosaccharide smaller than cellotetraose. The fragment encoding the Exo2b catalytic domain was then fused with the cbh1 gene from Trichoderma reesei, and the fused gene was successfully expressed in T. reesei Rut-C30. Compared to that of the parent strain, the filter paper activity and CMCase activity of the secreted proteins of a selected transformant A1 increased by 24% and 18%, respectively. Besides, the glucose concentration from the hydrolysis of pretreated corn stover by the A1 secreted proteins increased by 19.8%. The present study demonstrated the potential application of metagenome originated cellulase genes to modify cellulase producing fungi.
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