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Softwood hemicellulose-degrading enzymes from Aspergillus niger: Purification and properties of a β-mannanase

Publiceringsår: 1998
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 199-210
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Biotechnology
Volym: 63
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Elsevier


The enzymes needed for galactomannan hydrolysis, i.e. β-mannanase, α-galactosidase and β-mannosidase, were produced by the filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger. The β-mannanase was purified to electrophoretic homogeneity in three steps using ammonium sulfate precipitation, anion-exchange chromatography and gel filtration. The purified enzyme had an isoelectric point of 3.7 and a molecular mass of 40 kDa. Ivory nut mannan was degraded mainly to mannobiose and mannotriose when incubated with the β-mannanase. Analysis by 1H NMR spectroscopy during hydrolysis of mannopentaose showed that the enzyme acts by the retaining mechanism. The N-terminus of the purified A. niger β-mannanase was sequenced by Edman degradation, and comparison with Aspergillus aculeatus β-mannanase indicated high identity. The enzyme most probably lacks a cellulose binding domain since it was unable to adsorb on cellulose.


  • Biological Sciences
  • Hemicellulase
  • α-Galactosidase
  • Aspergillus niger
  • β-Mannanase


  • ISSN: 1873-4863

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